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Items accepted and not accepted

Close-up of a collection of household products that contain dangerous or toxic chemicalsBefore attending a Detox Your Home event it is important that you check which toxic household chemicals are accepted at these events.

Accepted items

  • acids and alkalis
  • aerosol cans (empty cans can be placed in your household recycling bin)
  • anti-freeze
  • brake fluid
  • car body filler
  • car wax
  • cleaners – ammonia based
  • cooking oil, not engine and motor 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/pesticides
  • nail polish and remover
  • oven cleaner
  • paint stripper, thinner and turps
  • pharmaceuticals
  • pool chemicals
  • rat poison
  • solvents
  • transmission fluid
  • wood preservatives and finishes (oils and varnishes)

Products you find around your home labelled with the following symbols will also be accepted:

Chemical symbols

Items not accepted

Ammunition - call 1800 136 089 for WorkSafe Victoria to pick up your ammunition.

Visit the WorkSafe Victoria website


Asbestos - call EPA on 1300 372 842 for advice

Visit the Environmental Protection Authority website


Batteries- take batteries to your local Aldi, Officeworks, Bunnings or Batteryworld store or drop them off at a permanent drop-off site

Visit the Aldi website  Visit the BatteryBack website

Visit the Battery World websiteView the list of permanent drop off sites


Chemicals used by businesses for industrial and commercial purposes

You can check the Yellow Pages under 'waste reduction and disposal services' for chemical disposal companies or visit either of the sites below.

Chemical waste disposal providers Visit businessrecycling.com.au


Chemicals used on the Farm- Visit the ChemClear website or freecall 1800 008 182 for collection of unwanted rural chemicals

Visit the ChemClear website


Fluorescent lights - take fluorescent lights to a permanent drop-off site

View the list of permanent drop off sites


Gas cylinders - some council transfer stations offer gas cylinder recycling.

Contact your local council Visit the Recycling Near You website


Medical Waste - Visit the EPA webiste for advice.

Visit the Environmental Protection Authority website


Motor oil - contact your local council for disposal points in your area, or visit the Recycling Near You website.

Contact your local council Visit the Recycling Near You website


Paint - take paint to a permanent drop-off site or visit Paintback to find your nearest drop-off site.

View the list of permanent drop off sites Visit the Paintback website


Printer cartridges - can be recycled through the Cartridges 4 Planet Ark program.

Find your nearest participating outlet