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Published Tuesday 10 November 2020
Tags:General, Environment, Media Release

Spring clean and detox your home in November

Mitchell Shire Council residents are being urged to do a spring clean and detox their home by taking advantage of a free disposal event this month.

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

Council, in partnership with Sustainability Victoria, is hosting the household chemical collection program in Wallan on Saturday 28 November from 9 am to 12noon. This is a drive-through and contactless event and is supported by a COVIDSafe plan.

Residents are encouraged to take the opportunity to get rid of unwanted – and potentially dangerous – items like pesticides, detergents and weed killers. The service is for household chemicals only, and no paint, fluorescent lights or batteries are accepted.

The maximum acceptable weight or size for any single container is 20 kilograms or 20 litres. Decanting isn’t permitted, so bring chemicals in disposable, clearly labelled containers. If you don’t know what’s inside, label the item as ‘unknown’.

While it is free to drop off your household chemicals, residents will need to register online if they plan to attend.

Comments from Mitchell Shire Council CEO Brett Luxford

“Do the right thing for your loved ones and your environment and Detox your Home. It’s easy and it’s free,” Mr Luxford said.

“Some household chemicals can harm your family and pets, add extra fuel to a house fire, release toxic fumes and pollute the environment, which is why it’s important to safely dispose of unwanted items."

“If household chemicals are put in your kerbside bin they could explode, ignite, leak or mix with other chemicals in the collection truck. If they are poured down the sink or into a drain they will pollute waterways."

“The good news is you can reduce these risks, as well as improve recycling rates, by dropping off your unwanted household chemicals at Mitchell’s Detox your Home event.”

This page was last updated on 10 November 2020.