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Highly toxic items, such as chemicals, should never be put in your rubbish bins or poured down the drain.
Dispose of your toxic items correctly to:
Highly toxic items are accepted at free drop-off events called Detox Your Home.
Registration is required.
They accept items such as:
View the full list of accepted items.
Events are not available for businesses. Businesses should use a commercial waste disposal company.
Events are held at locations around Victoria. Locations are released throughout the year. To learn when event locations are announced, sign up to our newsletter.
Sunday 15 August 2021
Clifton Hill Depot
Saturday 14 August 2021Maroondah City Council Operations Centre
Saturday 28 August 2021Boroondara Recycling and Waste Centre
Saturday 28 August 2021Whittlesea City Council Depot
Saturday 18 September 2021Corio Operations Centre
Saturday 18 September 2021Monash Waste Transfer and Recycling Centre
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.
Prepare for the event
Before the event
The maximum acceptable weight or size of a single container is 20 kilograms or 20 litres.
Decanting is not permitted on site, so bring chemicals in disposable containers.
You must clearly and accurately label your items:
Put your items in your empty car boot or ute tray.
Read our tips to safely handle toxic chemicals.
At the event
There will be signs and directions for you to follow as you drive in.
Stay in your car. You won’t need to unload anything yourself.
Generally the wait time is less than 10 minutes.
Follow all current public health measures at the time of the event, including:
Only one person per car.
Find the latest information and updates on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Victoria website.
Toxic chemicals dropped off at a Detox Your Home events are immediately sorted. They’re placed in sealed drums and transported to a specialist waste treatment facility.
Every effort is made to recycle chemicals or use them for other purposes. Some chemicals are used to create energy.
As a last resort, a small amount of chemicals will be stored in secure landfills in accordance with the Environmental Protection Authority Victoria’s requirements.