Dispose of toxic household items (Detox Your Home)

Last updated: 25 November 2022
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Highly toxic items, such as chemicals, should never be put in your rubbish bins, poured down the drain, or left out on the nature strip during hard rubbish collections.

You can drop off unwanted household chemicals at our free Detox Your Home events, which are licensed to accept toxic chemicals and staffed by trained specialist chemists.

Around 40 pop-up events are hosted around Victoria each year in partnership with local councils.

Disposing of toxic items correctly will:

  • reduce the risk to the environment and human health
  • help keep our waterways clean
  • prevent chemicals from ending up in landfill
  • reuse precious resources.

Note: Household chemicals cannot be accepted at waste transfer stations due to the risk of fire or explosion when these items are combined or stored in large volumes over a period of time.

Items accepted

Items that can be dropped off include:

  • weed killers
  • cleaning products
  • cosmetics
  • used cooking oil.

Check the full list of items that are accepted.

Detox Your Home events are for households. Businesses should use a commercial waste disposal company.

Paint drop-off

You can take unwanted household paint to permanent drop-off sites operated by Paintback across Victoria. To find your nearest location, visit the Paintback website.

Upcoming events and registration

Detox Your Home event dates and locations are released regularly throughout the year.

View current events on a map.

To hear when event locations are announced, sign up to our quarterly newsletter or revisit this page.

Upcoming event locations

You’re welcome to register to attend events outside of your local area. There is no limit on the number of events you can attend.

Detox Your Home - Epping

Saturday 4 February 2023
9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Whittelsea City Council Depot
68-96 Houston Street, Epping, VIC 3076
Register now

Detox Your Home - Dandenong

Saturday 11 February 2023
9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Gloria Pyke Netball Complex
Greaves Reserve, Bennet Street (Entrance off Bennett St opposite Attenborough Street), Dandenong, VIC 3175
Register now

Detox Your Home - Melbourne

Saturday 18 February 2023
9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Citywide Infrastructure
26 Henderson Street, North Melbourne, VIC 3051
Register now

Detox Your Home - Cobram

Saturday 25 February 2023
10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Cobram Transfer Station And Landfill
56 Pye Road, Cobram East, VIC 3644
Register now

Detox Your Home - Warrnambool

Saturday 4 March 2023
9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Warrnambool Livestock Exchange
Coghlans Road (near Rooneys road intersection), Warrnambool, VIC 3280
Register now

Detox Your Home - Doncaster East

Saturday 18 March 2023
8:00 am to 3:00 pm
Manningham City Council Depot
620-628 Blackburn Rd, Doncaster East, VIC 3109
Register now

Detox Your Home - Croydon

Saturday 25 March 2023
9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Maroondah City Council Operations Centre
28 Lincoln Road, Croydon, VIC 3136
Register now

Detox Your Home - Lilydale

Saturday 1 April 2023
9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Yarra Ranges Council Lilydale Operations Centre
103-105 Nelson Road, Lilydale, VIC 3140
Register now

Detox Your Home - Pakenham

Saturday 22 April 2023
9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Cardinia Shire Council Depot
18 Purton Road, Pakenham, VIC 3810
Register now

Detox Your Home - Notting Hill

Saturday 29 April 2023
8:00 am to 3:00 pm
Monash Waste Transfer and Recycling Centre
380 Ferntree Gully Road, Notting Hill, VIC 3168
Register now

Detox Your Home - Shepparton

Saturday 6 May 2023
9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Shepparton Transfer Station
Wanganui Road, Shepparton, VIC 3630
Register now

Detox Your Home - Altona

Saturday 6 May 2023
9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Hobson's Bay City Council Operations Centre
Sugar Gum Drive, Altona, VIC 3018
Register now

Detox Your Home - Knox

Sunday 21 May 2023
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Knox Operations Centre
14 Henderson Road, Knoxfield, VIC 3180
Register now

Detox Your Home - Plenty

Saturday 27 May 2023
9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Nillumbik Recycling Centre
290 Yan Yean Road, Plenty, VIC 3090
Register now

Detox Your Home - Keilor Park

Saturday 27 May 2023
9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Brimbank Council Operations Centre (staff carpark)
Stadium Drive, Keilor Park, VIC 3042
Register now

Detox Your Home -Frankston

Saturday 3 June 2023
9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Frankston Regional Recycling and Recovery Centre
20 Harold Road, Skye, VIC 3977
Register now

Detox Your Home - Daylesford

Saturday 17 June 2023
9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Daylesford Transfer Station And Landfill
16 Ajax Road, Daylesford, VIC 3460
Register now

Detox Your Home - Ballan

Saturday 17 June 2023
9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Ballan Transfer Station And Landfill
118 Monteville Lane, Ballan, VIC 3342
Register now