Shepparton residents are urged to 'Detox Your Home' via a safe, free and easy-to-use service to dispose common, highly toxic household chemicals without harming your health or the environment.
The household chemical collection program will be at the Shepparton Resource Recovery Centre this Saturday, October 6 from 10am-1pm.
Council & Sustainability Victoria have teamed up and are encouraging residents to take advantage of the opportunity to get rid of unwanted and potentially dangerous items like pesticides, detergents and weed killers.
Council’s Director Infrastructure Phil Hoare said he encourages people to dispose of household chemicals in a safe manner.
“They can harm your family and your pets, add extra fuel to a fire around your property, release toxic fumes and pollute the environment for future generations, which is why residents should take advantage of the free Detox your Home service to safely dispose of these unwanted items,” Mr Hoare said.
“The good news is you can reduce the risk of poisoning, environmental pollution and fire hazards, as well as improve recycling rates, by dropping off unwanted chemicals at our Detox your Home mobile collection,” Mr Hoare said.
“Do the right thing for your loved ones and the environment and Detox your Home. It’s easy and it’s free. Council is unable to accept these types of chemicals at the Shepparton Resource Recovery Centre at any other time so take this opportunity,” Mr Hoare said.
So, what can you drop off? Here's a list of items that are allowed:
- Acids & alkalis
- Aerosol cans
- Brake fluid
- Car body filler
- Car wax
- Cleaners - ammonia based
- Cooking oil
- Detergents, disinfectants & drain cleaners
- Fire extinguishers
- Floor-care products & waxes
- Fuels - petrol, diesel, kerosene, other
- Glues - water-based & solvents
- Herbicides & weed killers
- Insect spray/pesticides
- Nail polish & remover
- Oven cleaner
- Paint stripper, thinner & turps
- Pool chemicals
- Rat poison
- Transmission fluid
- Wood preservatives & finishes (oils & varnish)
Please note: The following items are not accepted:
- Ammunition or firearms
- Car batteries
- Household batteries
- Chemicals used by businesses
- Farm chemicals
- Fluorescent lights
- Gas bottles
- Motor oil
*Less toxic items such as paint, household batteries and compact fluorescent lamps can be disposed of throughout the year at a permanent drop-off site. There is a permanent drop-off site at the Shepparton Resource Recovery Centre.
Date: Saturday, October 6
Location: Shepparton Resource Recovery Centre: 125 Wanganui Rd, Shepparton
For more info, head to www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/detoxyourhome, call 1300 363 744 or contact Council.