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Safe storage and disposal of household chemicals is essential to avoid harm to you, your family, pets and the environment.
It’s dangerous to throw chemical products out with your regular rubbish collection as they could explode, ignite, leak or mix with other chemicals.
Similarly, pouring them down the drain will pollute our waterways, harm animals and vegetation, contaminate our water supply and make rivers and beaches unsafe for swimming.
Follow these tips to safely buy, store, and use household chemicals until you can dispose of them at a local Detox your Home event.
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This list of common household chemicals is not exhaustive. You may have other chemicals in your house that you should also handle carefully. If you’re unsure, check the label for warnings.
Make sure you buy, store, use and safely dispose of these common household chemicals:
Being a smart consumer can help you manage the risk of harm and identify low-risk alternatives.
Make sure you understand what you are purchasing by finding out what you can from the retailer or manufacturer, and checking the warnings on the label. Read the label carefully and ask someone if you don’t understand the information.
If there’s more than one product suitable for the job, choose the least dangerous product.
Never mix chemicals during use or storage, as they may react.
Many household chemicals can be safely disposed of at our free Detox your Home collection days across Victoria. To make things easier, we've put together a list of what's accepted and what isn't.
Please note that some household chemical disposal services have been affected due to the current public health situation in Victoria, including the cancellation of some Detox your Home days.
Never dispose of chemicals in your rubbish bin or drain. If you're unable to immediately dispose of household chemicals, make sure you safely store them until you can.
Drop-off sites for batteries and fluorescent lights are located at some council depots and transfer stations as well as other locations.
Find your local e-waste drop-off point.
Find your local paint drop-off point.
To find out if your council takes other household chemicals at transfer stations, or to check disposal fees and open hours, contact your local council.
Detailed advice on how to act if you suspect somebody has been poisoned is available on the Victorian Government’s Better Health Channel. Their guidelines are provided below.
Even if you cannot confirm poisoning, call 000 for an ambulance immediately if the person is:
If the person is stable and breathing normally, contact the Victorian Poisons Information Centre.
Phone 13 11 26 (24 hours a day, seven days a week)
For your call, aim to have the following information ready.