Recycling

Detox Your Home initiative

Detox Your Home is the Victorian Government's free chemical drop-off service

Do you need to safely dispose of unwanted, highly toxic household chemicals? Household chemicals can be dangerous – they can harm your family and your pets, add extra fuel to a house fire, release toxic fumes and pollute the environment for future generations.

Detox your Home is a free and convenient service for householders to safely dispose of unwanted toxic chemicals.

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

Events are held across Victoria to provide you with a local and accessible option to dispose of your household chemicals. The program is administered by Sustainability Victoria in partnership with local councils and is funded by the Victorian landfill levy.

Visit the Detox your Home website for a complete list of upcoming events and accepted products.

Detox your Home. Do the right thing for your loved ones and your environment. It’s easy and it’s free.

Upcoming collections

There are nearby Detox Your Home chemical drop-off services each year.

The next Detox Your Home drop-off service in Reservoir will be held on Saturday 20 November 2021 at Darebin Council Works Depot (Carawa Drive, Reservoir). Please note, this event is not held at the Darebin Resource Recovery Centre.

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

Registration is essential for Detox your Home events as you’ll need your order number to enter the event. Visit this Eventbrite link (https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/detox-your-home-reservoir-registration-167393439283) to register.

Visit the Sustainability Victoria website to find other locations and drop off days across Victoria or calling 1300 363 744.

In 2020 3.77 tonnes of unwanted hazardous chemicals were collected!

What do Detox Your Home accept?

You can take any of these products to a Detox Your Home drop-off point:

  • acids and alkalis
  • ammonia-based cleaners
  • anti-freeze
  • aerosol cans (put empty cans in your household recycling bin)
  • brake fluid
  • car body filler
  • car wax
  • coolant
  • detergents
  • disinfectants
  • fertiliser
  • fire extinguishers
  • floor-care products and waxes
  • fuel (petrol, diesel, kerosene)
  • glue (water-based and solvents)
  • herbicides
  • insect spray/pesticides
  • make up (cosmetics)
  • nail polish and remover
  • oven cleaner
  • paint stripper, thinner and turps (we don't accept paint)
  • pharmaceuticals (medicines can be disposed of safely at your local pharmacy through the Returned Unused Medicines project)
  • photographic chemicals
  • pool chemicals
  • rat poison
  • solvents
  • transmission fluid
  • weed killers.

What don't Detox Your Home accept?

Detox Your Home don't accept paint. You can leave unwanted paint at the Darebin Resource Recovery Centre for free all year round.

For a full list of what Detox Your Home don't accept, visit Sustainability Victoria's Detox Your Home page.

Permanent drop-off sites for paint and other products

Household paint, batteries, and fluorescent lights – which are less toxic than household chemicals (but also a more common waste item) – can be disposed of throughout the year at a permanent drop-off site.

Detox your Home, on the other hand, is a free service designed specifically to collect unwanted, highly toxic household chemicals.

There are/is a nearby permanent drop-off site at:

Darebin Resource Recovery Centre
30 Kurnai Avenue (off Henty Street),
Reservoir (Melway 18 C6)
Ph: (03) 9462 3455

For more information and a full list of permanent drop-off sites visit Sustainability Victoria's website.