Items accepted at Detox Your Home events

Last updated: 8 March 2023
man holding a bin of toxic chemicals ready to be disposed of

For safety reasons we cannot accept individual containers of more than 20 litres or 20 kg. Please bring items in original packaging or a disposable container that will not be returned to you.


  • Acids and alkalis, including spirit of salt, bleach, vinegar and rust remover, hydrochloric acid
  • Aerosol cans, (empty cans can be put in your recycling bin)
  • Cleaners (ammonia based), drain, shower and glass cleaners
  • Detergents
  • Disinfectants
  • Floor-care products and waxes
  • Oven cleaner


  • Hand sanitiser
  • Make up
  • Nail polish and remover

Fire and safety

  • Fire extinguishers

Garden and pool

  • Fertiliser
  • Fuel (old lawn mower/power tools fuel)
  • Herbicides
  • Weed killers/Herbicides
  • Insect spray and pesticides
  • Pool chemicals, including liquid pool chlorine and pool salts


  • Anti-freeze
  • Brake fluid
  • Car body filler
  • Car care products and wax
  • Coolant
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Fuels, including petrol, diesel and kerosene
  • Glues, including water-based and solvents
  • Machine oil and lubricant
  • Rat poison
  • Transmission fluid
  • Turps, thinners and paint strippers
  • Wood preservatives and finishes

Hobby materials

  • Glues, including water-based and solvents
  • Photographic chemicals
  • Wood preservatives and finishes

Kitchen and camping

  • Butane Gas canisters
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Used cooking oil
  • See Cleaning products above
  • Insect sprays.

Items found at home with these symbols

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

Items not accepted

If you have chemicals or toxic items and you are unsure if they are acceptable items for a Detox your Home event please email and provide the name of the item and a clear description of the item and we will get back to you with a response.

Detox Your Home events are held at locations around Victoria throughout the year. Registration is required.

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