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Detox your home

Highly toxic items, such as household chemicals, should never be put in your rubbish bins or poured down the drain. That’s why Brimbank is partnering with Sustainability Victoria to deliver the annual Detox Your Home event.

This May, residents can drop off household chemicals for no charge at Brimbank’s Detox Your Home event.

Woman stands in front of open garden shed holding tin of house paint and bottle of weed killer
The cats opted to walk away as the photo was taken.

Julia lives in Albion with her partner and two cats. “I did a bit of cleaning up during lockdown and discovered things in the laundry and shed that I definitely needed to get rid of. I knew couldn’t go in the regular garbage or down the drain, but when I wasn’t leaving my 5km radius I couldn’t do anything about it,  so now it just sits in the “get round to it” corner of the shed. When I saw that the detox your home event was coming up, I put it straight in the diary. “

The “get round to it” corner includes half used bottles of weed killer, engine oil, and some old flea bombs which have expired. “I live right around the corner from Kororoit Creek, so I want to make sure that I dispose of it correctly to protect the local environment and keep harmful chemicals out of our waterways.”

Register for the Brimbank Detox Your home event online.

WHAT: Detox your Home

WHEN: Saturday 28 May, 9am–1pm

WHEREStadium Drive, Keilor Park. The drop off point will be in the car park opposite the Brimbank Operations Centre. We will have traffic management and signs so you can’t miss us.

Detox Your Home events are now drive-through (no walk-ins) and contactless.

This service is for household chemicals only. Staff will recover items that are appropriate for reuse and safely dispose of other items.

Detox Your Home events accept:

  • Acids and alkalis Aerosol cans (empty cans with household recycling)
  • Anti-freeze Brake fluid Car body filler Car wax Cleaners – ammonia based
  • Cooking oil
  • Coolant
  • Detergents, disinfectants and drain cleaners
  • Fertiliser
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Floor-care products and waxes
  • Fuels – petrol, diesel, kerosene, other
  • Glues – water-based and solvents
  • Herbicides and weed killers
  • Insect spray and pesticides
  • Nail polish and remover
  • Cosmetics
  • Oven cleaner
  • Thinners, turps and paint stripper
  • Pool chemicals
  • Rat poison
  • Solvents
  • Transmission fluid
  • Wood preservatives and finishes (oils and varnish)

Paint, fluorescent lights and batteries won’t be accepted.

Find out more about what’s accepted on the Sustainability Victoria website.

How do I carry the chemicals to the Detox Your Home event?

Detox Your Home events are now drive-through (no walk-ins) and contactless.

Please bring the household chemicals either:

  • in the original packaging or
  • disposable containers, with the contents clearly labelled.

If you don’t know what’s inside a container, label it as ‘unknown’.

The maximum acceptable weight or size for a single container is 20 kilograms or 20 litres.

I have stuff I need to get rid of, but I can’t make it on the day. What do I do?

Find out how to store unwanted household chemicals until you can safely dispose of them on the Sustainability Victoria website.

Decluttering or moving? Detox your home. Photo of young family closing cardboard boxes.



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