Dispose of toxic household items (Detox Your Home)

Last updated: 25 November 2022

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 - Camberwell

Saturday 3 December 2022
9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Boroondara Recycling and Waste Centre
648 Riversdale Road, Camberwell, VIC 3124
Register now

Detox Your Home - Bairnsdale

Saturday 10 December 2022
9:00 am to 12:00 pm
East Gippsland Livestock Exchange
11 Saleyard Road, Bairnsdale, VIC 3875
Register now