The state government will protect the community and the environment by helping Victorians, including those in Maribyrnong and Hobsons Bay, dispose of unwanted household waste safely.
Secretary of Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio announced additional $4 million funding for the Detox Your Home program, as part of the Victorian 2022/23 budget.
The funding means free local pop-up events will take place in partnership with local councils, where household chemicals such as cleaning products, fuels and flammable liquids, pool chemicals, car wax, antifreeze, brake fluid, pesticides and herbicides can be dropped from.
The program will have approximately 40 events in the state each year for people to attend and is the only program of its kind in Victoria.
The program has resulted in the safe disposal of 7,000 tons of toxic chemicals — equivalent to the weight of 40 streetcars — and more than 10,000 tons of difficult-to-recycle materials from households across the state.
Victorians using the program bring an average of 23 pounds of trash for disposal, and two-thirds of people report having their toxic materials for more than five years.
Expert chemists are on hand at each event to identify and sort the chemicals, which are then safely transported to a dedicated facility where they are processed for reuse or safe disposal.
The collected chemicals are processed and recovered, recycled or safely disposed where possible.
The most common items collected during pop-up events are gasoline, kerosene, turpentine, cooking oil, methylated spirits, pesticides, and herbicides.
Energy, Environment and Climate Change Minister Lily D’Ambrosio said the funding will help Victorians clean up their homes in a controlled manner.
“We help Victorians safely dispose of toxic household products so they don’t pollute our environment, harm animals and vegetation, pollute our water or make rivers and beaches unsafe to swim in,” she said.
“Victorians are encouraged to check their closets and sheds for these common but potentially harmful household items and take them to a free event, where they will be safely processed and either reused or disposed of properly.”