Dispose of household chemicals (Detox Your Home)

Last updated: 18 June 2021

A free service for householders to safely dispose of unwanted toxic chemicals

With your safety in mind, Detox Your Home events are now drive-through and contactless, supported by a COVIDsafe plan.

If you have previously been to a Detox Your Home event, we have made some changes. Find out more.

Locations and registration for Detox your Home events

Find your nearest Detox your Home event and register to attend on the day. Read more

Permanent drop-off sites

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

Items accepted and not accepted

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

Safety and handling

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

Detox your home FAQs

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

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.

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 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.

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.