Dispose of toxic household items (Detox Your Home)

Last updated: 21 July 2021
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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:

  • reduce the risk to the environment and human health
  • keep our waterways clean
  • prevent it from going to landfill
  • reuse precious resources.

Where to take toxic items

Highly toxic items are accepted at free drop-off events called Detox Your Home.

Registration is required.

They accept items such as:

  • cleaning products
  • cosmetics
  • fuels
  • flammables
  • weed killers.

View the full list of accepted items.

Events are not available for businesses. Businesses should use a commercial waste disposal company.

Locations and registration

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.

Current locations

Clifton Hill

Sunday 15 August 2021

Clifton Hill Depot

Register now

Croydon

Saturday 14 August 2021

Maroondah City Council Operations Centre

Register now

Camberwell

Saturday 28 August 2021

Boroondara Recycling and Waste Centre

Register now

Epping

Saturday 28 August 2021

Whittlesea City Council Depot

Register now

Geelong

Saturday 18 September 2021

Corio Operations Centre

Register now

Notting Hill

Saturday 18 September 2021

Monash Waste Transfer and Recycling Centre

Register now

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.

What happens to chemicals after you drop them off

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.