Brimbank,
06
March
2018
|
06:07
Australia/Melbourne

Toss the Toxins - Detox Your Home Safely

Summary

You can use Detox your Home – a safe, easy-to-use service offered at no cost to dispose of common, highly toxic household chemicals without harming your health or the environment.

Detox Your Home will be held on Saturday 17 March from 9am-1pm at the Brimbank Resource Recovery Centre in Keilor Park.

You Have to Register!

Youmust register at Sustainability Victoria's Detox Your Home and choose a preferred timeslot to drop off chemicals.

The Detox your Home program, in partnership with Sustainability Victoria, enables the safe disposal of potentially dangerous items like pesticides, detergents and weed killers.

Mayor of Brimbank, Cr Margaret Giudice said household chemicals can be dangerous, and encourages residents to take the opportunity to clean out the shed, bathroom, kitchen, laundry and garage to get rid of unwanted toxic products.

“It is important that chemicals should not be put out with the regular rubbish collection where they could explode, ignite, leak or mix with other chemicals.

“Chemicals should never be poured down the drain where they could pollute waterways, harm wildlife and vegetation, contaminate drinking water supplies and make rivers and beaches unsafe for swimming.

“The good news is you can reduce the risk of poisoning and environmental pollution as well as improve recycling rates by registering for the Detox your Home program,” Cr Giudice said.

The products collected are recycled for recovery and diverted from landfill. Residents can drop off the following items:

  • Acids & alkalis
  • Aerosols (dispose of empty cans in your household recycling bin)
  • Anti-freeze
  • Brake fluid
  • Car body fillers
  • Car wax
  • Glues – water-based & solvents
  • Herbicides & weed killers
  • Insect spray/pesticides
  • Nail polish & remover
  • Oven cleaner
  • Paint stripper, thinner & turps
  • Cleaners – ammonia based
  • Cooking oil
  • Coolant
  • Detergents, disinfectants & drain cleaners
  • Fertiliser
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Floor-care products & waxes
  • Fuels – petrol, diesel, kerosene
  • Pool chemicals
  • Rat poison
  • Solvents
  • Transmission fluid
  • Wood preservatives & finishes (oils & varnish)

Less toxic items including household paint, batteries, gas bottles, florescent lamps and tubes, can be disposed of at Council’s Resource Recovery Centre at Stadium Drive, Keilor Park across the year.