Detox your Home

This is an image of a man cleaning out chemicals from under the kitchen sink.

It’s time to clean those unwanted household chemicals out of your shed, cupboard and from under your sink to dispose of them safely at Sustainability Victoria’s Detox your Home event on Saturday 28 May at the Nillumbik Recycling Centre in Plenty.

Co-hosted with Nillumbik Shire Council, Detox your Home is a free and convenient service for householders to safely dispose of everyday household chemicals such as weedkiller, cleaning chemicals, old cooking oil and cosmetics.

With community safety in mind, Detox your Home events are now drive-through (no walk-ins accepted) and contactless, supported by a COVIDSafe plan.

Registration to the event is essential and can be done via Eventbrite.

Detox your Home events are staffed by expert chemists who understand how to safely manage household chemicals. Chemicals are safely stored during the event, then transported to a licensed processing facility at the end of the day.

Chemicals accepted

An extensive number of items can be accepted. Visit for a full list. These are some of the most common chemicals collected:

  • Fuels and flammable liquids – turpentine, methylated spirits, petrol, kerosene, diesel, paint thinners
  • Garden – herbicides, pesticides and fertilizers, pool chemicals, poisons
  • Household – cleaners, bleach, ammonia, oven cleaner, solvents, cooking oil, cosmetics, fire extinguishers
  • Car – wax, transmission fluid, body filler, brake fluid
  • Aerosol cans (including those containing paint but not cans of paint)
  • Gas cylinders, for example, acetylene (helium for party balloons) and more.

Chemicals that CANNOT be accepted include:

  • Paint (this can be dropped at a Paint Back site)
  • Thermometers/thermostats containing mercury (note we can accept mercury in a container)
  • Motor oil (this can be dropped at council waste sites).

Important notes:

  • For safety reasons we cannot accept containers of more than 20 litres or 20 kilograms at Detox your Home events.
  • Chemicals can’t be decanted, so bring them in their original packaging or inside a disposable container, ensuring they are clearly labelled.



  • Saturday, 28 May 2022 | 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM


Nillumbik Shire Council Recycling Centre, 290 Yan Yean Road, Plenty 3090  View map

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