Time to Detox Your Home

28 March 2014

ALPINE Shire Council residents are being urged to ‘Detox your Home’ – a safe, free and easy-to-use service to dispose of common household chemicals without harming your health or the environment.

Alpine Shire Council, in partnership with Sustainability Victoria and Wangaratta Rural City Council, is encouraging residents to take the opportunity to get rid of unwanted – and potentially dangerous – items like pesticides, detergents and weed killers.

“Household chemicals can be dangerous,” Alpine Shire Council Mayor Peter Roper said.

“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.

“Chemicals can’t be put out with the regular rubbish collection - they could explode, ignite, leak or mix with other chemicals.”

Council also cautions against pouring chemicals down the drain where they could pollute waterways, harming animals and vegetation, contaminating the drinking water supply and making rivers unsafe for swimming.

The household chemical collection service will be available in Wangaratta on Saturday, 24 May from 8.00am to 12.00pm.

Residents can choose their preferred time slot by registering online at www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/detoxmobile or by calling 1800 353 233.

Registration is required to manage the traffic flow and avoid queues on the day, which means residents can get in and out quickly.

The site address for the collection is: Council Works Depot, 51-69 Newman Street, Wangaratta.

Detox your Home is administered by Sustainability Victoria in partnership with local governments and is funded by the Victorian landfill levy. The products collected are recycled for recovery and diverted from landfill.

Residents can drop off the following items:
• Acids & alkalis

• Aerosols

• Anti-freeze 

• Batteries (all household varieties)
• Brake fluid

• Car body filler

• Car wax

• Cleaners - ammonia based

• Cooking oil

• Coolant

• Detergents, disinfectants & drain cleaners

• Fertiliser 

• Fire extinguishers

• Fluorescent lights
• 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
• Paint stripper, thinner & turps 

• Pool chemicals 

• Rat poison 

• Solvents 

• Transmission fluid 

• Wood preservatives & finishes (oils & varnish)

The following items are not accepted

• Ammunition or firearms
• Asbestos
• Car batteries
• Chemicals used by businesses
• Farm chemicals
• Gas bottles
• Motor oil

Until 30 June 2014, residents can bring paint, household batteries and fluorescent lights to the closest Detox your Home collection.

From 1 July 2014, these items will no longer be accepted through Detox your Home collections and can be disposed of throughout the year at a permanent Victorian drop-off site.

For more information visit www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/detoxyourhome, call 1800 353 233 or contact Council.

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