Detox your home on Saturday October 10

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The City of Greater Bendigo is hosting another free “Detox Your Home” service from 10am to 2pm on Saturday October 10 at the Bendigo Eco Centre, Upper California Gully Road, Eaglehawk to provide residents with an opportunity to safely dispose of unwanted pesticides, cleaning products and weed killer that may be stored around their homes.

City of Greater Bendigo Mayor Cr Peter Cox said household chemicals can be dangerous and Detox your Home is a great opportunity to get rid of potentially dangerous and unwanted chemical products in a safe and environmentally friendly way.

“Household chemicals 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 collected material will be treated and recycled or disposed of safely by a specialist team,” said Cr Cox.

Residents may drop off the following items:-   acids & alkalis, aerosol cans, anti-freeze, brake fluid, car body filler, car wax, cleaners - ammonia based, cooking oil, coolant, detergents, disinfectants & drain cleaners, fertiliser, fire extinguishers, floor-care products & waxes, fuels - petrol, diesel, kerosene and others, glues - water-based & solvents, herbicides & weed killers, insect spray/pesticides, nail polish & remover, oven cleaner, paint stripper, thinner & turps, pool chemicals, rat poison, solvents, transmission fluid, wood preservatives and finishes (oils & varnish)

Cr Cox said residents should always avoid  putting chemicals out with their regular rubbish collection where they could explode, ignite, leak or mix with other chemicals.  They should also not pour them down the drain where they could pollute waterways and harm animals and vegetation.

“The good news is you can reduce the risk of poisoning, environmental pollution and bushfire hazards, as well as improve recycling rates, by dropping off your unwanted chemicals at Bendigo’s Detox your Home mobile collection,” Cr Cox said.

Detox your Home is administered by Sustainability Victoria in partnership with local governments and is funded by the Victorian landfill levy. The products collected are recycled for recovery and diverted from landfill.

Less toxic items such as paint, household batteries, CFLs, fluorescent tubes and gas bottles can be disposed of all year round at the permanent drop-off site at the Eaglehawk Eco Centre.

For more information visit www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/detoxyourhome or call 1300 363 744.

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