Detox your home

A safe, free service to dispose of toxic, unwanted household chemicals.


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Five steps to detox your home

Five simple steps to free your home of harmful chemicals, safely and responsibly.

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Household chemicals

Items accepted and not accepted

Check to see which items you can safely dispose of at a Detox your home event.

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Locations and registration

Find your nearest Detox your home event and register to attend on the day.

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Permanent drop-off sites

Find your nearest site for free disposal of household paint, batteries and fluorescent lights.

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Safety and handling

There are a number of safety precautions to observe when handling and transporting chemicals.

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Detox your home FAQs

Answers to questions we're often asked about the Detox your home program.

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Why recycle household chemicals?

Household chemicals can be dangerous – they can harm your family and your pets, add extra fuel to a house fire, release toxic fumes and pollute the environment for future generations. The Detox your home program – delivered by Sustainability Victoria in collaboration with local councils – recovers and diverts these toxic chemicals from landfill. 

Safely dispose of your toxic household wastes to:

  • keep them out of our waterways
  • reduce the risk of poisoning and keep our homes safe
  • minimise environmental pollution and bushfire hazards.

Where to recycle household chemicals

Chemicals for disposal

Up to 33 Detox your home events are held across Victoria each year to ensure access for all Victorian householders. There is no restriction on the amount of unwanted household chemicals you can dispose of through this service.

Do the right thing for your loved ones and your environment. It's easy and free to detox your home.

Detox your home event dates, drop-off locations and registration

Who can use the service?

Detox your home is a service for households only. Chemicals used for farm, commercial or industrial processes will not be accepted. Businesses should use a commercial waste disposal company.

How much can I drop off at a Detox event?

There is no limit on the volume of materials you drop-off, however the maximum acceptable weight or size of any single container is 20 kilograms or 20 litres. Decanting is not permitted so bring chemicals in disposal containers.


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Recycling Near You

Planet Ark's Recycling Near You site offers information about the recycling and waste services offered by your council as well as local drop-off options for items including computers, batteries, printer cartridges and mobile phones.

Visit the Recycling near you website

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