Toxic items should always be disposed of safely at local Detox Your Home events.
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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:
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 that can be dropped off include:
Check the full list of items that are accepted.
Detox Your Home events are for households. Businesses should use a commercial waste disposal company.
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.
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.
If circumstances change, we will email updated information to the people who have registered.If the event you’ve registered for is rescheduled, you will automatically be booked for the new date at the same time. If you cannot attend it, please cancel your booking, so it can be available for another person.
If you’re feeling unwell, please stay home.When going to the event, follow the public health measures that are in place. For example, wear a face covering if required. For more information, visit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Victoria website.
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.
Ensure you pack only items accepted at Detox Your Home events.
The maximum acceptable weight or size of a single container is 20 kilograms or 20 litres.
Decanting is not permitted on site, so bring chemicals in disposable containers that you can leave with us.
You must clearly and accurately label your items:
Put your items in your empty car boot or vehicle tray.
Read our tips to safely handle toxic chemicals.
There will be signs and directions for you to follow as you drive in.
You’ll need to check in. If you cannot use the QR code, our staff will help you check in using the paper form.Stay in your car. You won’t need to unload anything yourself. Our trained staff and qualified chemists will unload everything for you.
Generally the wait time is less than 10 minutes.
Toxic chemicals dropped off at a Detox Your Home event are immediately sorted by qualified chemists. They’re placed in sealed drums and transported to a specialist waste treatment facility.
Every effort is made to recycle chemicals or use them for other purposes. Some chemicals are used to create energy.
As a last resort, a small amount of chemicals will be stored in secure landfills in accordance with the Environmental Protection Authority Victoria’s requirements.