Items accepted at Detox Your Home events

Last updated: 10 March 2021

Before attending a Detox Your Home event it is important to check which toxic household chemicals are accepted.

Accepted items


  • acids and alkalis (includes spirit of salt, bleach, vinegar and rust remover)
  • aerosol cans (includes gas canisters / aerosols. Empty cans can be placed in your household recycling bin)
  • cleaners – ammonia based (includes oven, drain, shower and glass cleaners)
  • cooking oil
  • detergents
  • disinfectants
  • fire extinguishers
  • floor-care products and waxes
  • glues – water-based and solvents
  • nail polish and remover
  • paint stripper, thinner and turps
  • pharmaceuticals and cosmetics (medicines can be disposed of safely at your local pharmacy via the Return Unwanted Medicines (RUM) project)
  • photographic chemicals
  • rat poison.

Garden and pool

  • fertiliser
  • herbicides and weed killers
  • insect spray/pesticides
  • lawn mower fuel
  • pool chemicals (includes liquid pool chlorine and pool salts).


  • anti-freeze
  • brake fluid
  • car body filler
  • car wax
  • coolant
  • fuels – petrol, diesel, kerosene, other
  • transmission fluid.

Products you find around your home labelled with the following symbols will also be accepted:

Corrosive, oxidizing agent, toxic, flammable liquid and flammable solid

How much you can drop off at a Detox your home 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.

Return Unwanted Medicines

You can drop medicines for free at your local pharmacy through the Return Unwanted Medicines (RUM) project. Your pharmacist will put your medicines in a secure bin for collection and safe disposal.

Items not accepted

Permanent drop-off sites

Permanent drop-off sites accept household paint, batteries and fluorescent lights for free. These sites are typically located at council transfer stations and depots and are accessible all year round. Contact your local council for other products you can drop off at permanent sites, disposal fees and opening hours.