Free household chemical drop-off day

Published on 09 May 2022

This is an image of a person cleaning out under their sink

Nillumbik residents can make their homes safer while protecting the environment by disposing of unwanted and toxic household chemicals at Sustainability Victoria’s Detox your Home event next month at Council’s Recycling Centre in Plenty.

The event, on Saturday 28 May from 9am-1pm, is a free and convenient service for residents to safely dispose of everyday chemicals such as weedkiller, pesticides, cleaning chemicals, old cooking oil and cosmetics.

Chemicals such as these are harmful to the environment including our waterways and should not be poured down the sink or put in the bin.

Each Detox your Home event held across Victoria collects about four tonnes of hazardous chemicals, keeping them out of landfill and waterways and making homes safer.

Common chemicals collected include:

  • Fuels and flammable liquids – turpentine, methylated spirits, petrol, kerosene, diesel, paint thinners
  • Garden – herbicides, pesticides, fertilizers, pool chemicals, poisons
  • Household – cleaners, bleach, ammonia, oven cleaner, solvents, cooking oil, cosmetics, fire extinguishers
  • Car – wax, transmission fluid, body filler, brake fluid.

Detox your Home events are staffed by expert chemists who identify and sort the chemicals for safe transport back to a licenced facility in Melbourne where they are processed for reuse or safe disposal. Chemicals collected are processed and recovered or recycled wherever possible. If they cannot be reused in any way, they are safely disposed of.

With community safety in mind, Detox your Home events are now drive-through and contactless, supported by a COVIDSafe plan.
Registrations are essential via Eventbrite.

For more information about the program and the full list of chemicals that can and can’t be accepted at the event, go to the Sustainability Victoria website.