Detox Your Home – Household Chemical Collection Program
Do you need to safely dispose of unwanted, highly toxic 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.
Detox Your Home is a safe, free and easy-to-use service to dispose of unwanted, highly toxic household chemicals. The collected items are recovered and diverted from landfill.
There are up to 33 events held across Victoria each year, administered by Sustainability Victoria in partnership with local councils (funded by the Victorian landfill levy).
Detox Your Home was last held in the City of Greater Bendigo on October 28, 2020 and was a great success. The next event date is to be announced.
Disposing of farm chemical containers
DrumMUSTER offers farmers an easy and environmentally friendly way to dispose of empty farming chemical containers.
The program collects eligible non-returnable metal or plastic containers that held 1-205 litres or kgs in declared content of crop production and animal health products.
You can dispose of farm chemical drums at permanent collection sites at Eaglehawk Eco-Centre, Heathcote Transfer Station or the Goornong Transfer Station during normal opening hours. Bookings are essential:
- Goornong 0437 700 852
- Eaglehawk 03 5446 3917
- Heathcote 03 5433 2849
Containers recovered by the drumMUSTER program are recycled into items such as wheelie bins, fence posts and garden stakes.
To assist City of Greater Bendigo in accepting your drumMUSTER containers:
- Please arrive as early as possible to the landfill/transfer station opening time as all containers need to be inspected
- All containers must be flushed, pressure rinsed or triple rinsed prior to delivery to a drumMUSTER site
- Containers will not be accepted if there are any visible chemical residue on the inside or outside of the container.
Permanent drop-off sites for paint and other products
Household paint, batteries, and fluorescent lights – which are less toxic than household chemicals (but also a more common waste item) – can be disposed of throughout the year at a permanent drop-off site.
"Paintback" is a free drop off service for paint that is available at our Eaglehawk, Heathcote and Strathfieldsaye sites. For more information visit https://www.paintback.com.au/
Detox your Home, on the other hand, is a free service designed specifically to collect unwanted, highly toxic household chemicals.
For more information and a full list of permanent drop-off sites visit Sustainability Victoria's website or contact us on 03 5434 6000.
Disposing of household chemicals
The Eaglehawk Recycle Shop is a drop-off site for household chemicals. It accepts the following products:
- Automotive and cooking oil
- Automotive and household batteries
- Barbeque gas bottles
- Compact fluorescent lights and tubes
You can bring unlimited numbers of these products, but containers larger than 20 litres or 20 kg will not be accepted.
Transporting chemicals safely
To transport chemicals safely:
- Travel with chemicals in a trailer or utility, not inside the vehicle
- Keep chemicals in their original containers
- Ensure lids are fitted tightly and protect taps on drums so that they do not break off
- Place containers of liquids on a tray or plastic bucket so that they do not spill or fall
- Pack powders and solids securely
- Keep corrosive chemicals such as battery acid away from poisons
- Keep oxidising agents such as peroxide away from all other materials
- Double wrap old liquid containers in plastic bags to prevent leaking
To locate the Detox Centre, please enter from the Eaglehawk Landfill entrance on Upper California Gully Road, Eaglehawk.
For more information about our waste collection and disposal services please contact us on 03 5434 6000.
A-Z Guide for waste
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