How to safely transport chemicals to the collection site
| Free Disposal of Household Chemicals - "Detox Your Home"|
|Knox residents are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity to rid their homes of unwanted household chemicals for free. |
Organised by councils in partnership with Sustainability Victoria, the Detox Your Home program helps residents dispose of their old and unwanted chemicals in an environmentally responsible way.
Detox Your Home collections are held all year throughout Victoria. For a list of drop-off locations and times, contact Sustainability Victoria on 1800 353 233 or visit ResoursceSmart Website
| Accepted items|
|Among the types of unwanted household chemicals accepted for disposal are: |
- Household chemicals such as aerosol cans, insect sprays, pest poisons, household cleaners, pharmaceuticals, mothballs and old smoke detectors.
- Garden chemicals such as fertilisers, fungicides, herbicides and insecticides.
- Automotive chemicals such as transmission fluids, batteries and battery acid, brake fluid, car wax solvent,fuels (such as petrol, diesel, kerosene) and oils (including motor and sump oils).
- Workshop chemicals including paint strippers, solvent-based glues, water and oil-based paints, paint thinner, acetone, turpentine, varnish and wood preservative.
- Other miscellaneous chemicals accepted are acids and alkalis, artists' paints and supplies, photographic chemicals, fibreglass resins (not mixed), extinguishers, gas cylinders, swimming pool chemicals and mercury batteries.
| Unacceptable Items|
|Items that cannot be accepted are chemicals not used for household purposes such as farm, industrial and commercial-use chemicals. |
Also, containers larger than 20 litres in size are not accepted.
Household chemicals can be dangerous if they are not stored or disposed of safely. Storing old chemicals in the shed or under the sink increases the risk of poisoning around the home.
Sending chemicals to landfill or even pouring small amounts down stormwater drains can pollute creeks and rivers, harming plants and animals.
| How to safely transport chemicals to the collection site|
|The following safety measures should be taken when transporting chemicals to the Depot: |
- Ensure lids are tightly fitted.
- Place liquids on a tray or in a plastic bucket so any spills are contained
- Pack powders and solids securely.
- Keep corrosive chemicals, such as battery acid, away from poisons.
- Keep oxidising agents, such as peroxide, away from all other materials.
- Travel with your car windows down if carrying flammable or odorous materials.
- Double-wrap old liquid containers in plastic bags to prevent leaking.