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Free home detox service returns to Kingston

16 February 2016

It’s time to rummage through the garage and check the laundry cupboards for old chemicals.  The free Detox your Home household chemical collection is coming back to Cheltenham on Sunday 6 March.   

If you have any unwanted or out-of-date household chemicals around your home take advantage of this safe, free and easy-to-use disposal service without harming your health or the environment.

The Detox Your Home program is provided by Sustainability Victoria and funded by the Victorian landfill levy.  The service collects potentially dangerous and unwanted household chemicals that are subsequently recycled for recovery and diverted from landfill.

Kingston Mayor Tamsin Bearsley said it was not safe to throw chemical products out with your regular rubbish as they can leak, mix with other chemicals or even explode.

“This is a great way to safely dispose of old chemicals that you may have tucked in the back of the shed or laundry cupboard,” Cr Bearsley said.

“Council is pleased to support this event again in 2016, in previous years over 1000 people have taken advantage of the free service.”

Household chemicals 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 should not be poured down the drain as they pollute our waterways, harm animals and vegetation, contaminate our drinking water and make rivers and beaches unsafe for swimming.

Detox your Home will be in Cheltenham 8am-4pm on Sunday 6 March 2016. The site address will be provided upon registration.

Visit sustainability.vic.gov.au/detoxyourhome for a full list of accepted items.

Register now for this free service at www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/detoxmobile or by calling 1800 353 233.

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