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Free disposal of household chemicals at Detox your Home event in Seymour

Friday 4 May, 2018

If you’ve got common household chemicals such as herbicides, detergents and or fuels at home that you’re not sure how to dispose of, the Detox your Home event in Seymour is for you.   

Detox your Home is a safe, free and easy-to-use service to dispose of common and highly toxic household chemicals without harming your health or the environment. 

The household chemical collection program is coming to Seymour on Saturday 2 June from 10am to 2pm. Mitchell Shire Council, in partnership with Sustainability Victoria, is encouraging residents and people from surrounding shires to take the opportunity to get rid of their unwanted and potentially dangerous household chemicals. 

Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda Sanderson said having unwanted chemicals around the house could 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,” Cr Sanderson said.  

“Putting chemicals in your regular kerbside bins is very dangerous as they can explode, ignite, leak or mix with other chemicals.   

“Pouring them down the sink can also have serious health and environmental consequences including polluting waterways, harming animals and vegetation, contaminating drinking water supplies and making waterways unsafe for swimming. 

“The good news is you can reduce these risks, as well as improve recycling rates, by taking your unwanted chemicals to the Seymour Detox your Home event.” 

The Detox your Home event will be held at the Mitchell Shire Council Works Depot behind the Seymour Sports and Aquatic Centre. Entry is via Pollard Street through Chittick Park.  

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. 

WHAT CAN BE DROPPED OFF 

You can bring as many items as you like. However, the maximum accepted container size is 20L or 20kg. Decanting is not permitted.  

  • Acids and alkalis 
  • Aerosols (dispose of empty cans in your household recycling bin) 
  • Anti-freeze 
  • Brake fluid 
  • Car body filler 
  • Car wax 
  • Cleaners (ammonia based) 
  • Cooking oil 
  • Detergents, disinfectants and drain cleaners 
  • Fertiliser  
  • Fire extinguishers 
  • Floor care products and waxes 

 

  • Fuels (petrol, diesel, kerosene) 
  • Glues (water based and solvents) 
  • Herbicides and weed killers 
  • Insect spray and pesticides 
  • Nail polish and remover 
  • Oven cleaner 
  • Paint stripper, thinner and turps 
  • Pool chemicals 
  • Solvents 
  • Transmission fluid 
  • Wood preservatives and finishes (oils and varnish) 

 

WHAT CAN’T BE DROPPED OFF 

  • Ammunition and firearms 
  • Asbestos 
  • Car batteries 
  • Household batteries 
  • Chemicals used by businesses 
  • Farm chemicals 
  • Florescent lights 
  • Gas bottles 
  • Motor oil 
  • Paint 

 

Items such as motor oil, gas bottles and fluorescent lights can be disposed of throughout the year at Council’s Resource Recovery Centres in Broadford, Pyalong, Seymour and Wallan. 

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