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Household Chemical Collections

Drop off your unwanted household chemicals for free at a Detox your Home collection. The chemicals collected are recycled and do not go to landfill. 
The Detox you Home collection service is run by Sustainability Victoria in partnership with local councils. 

The next nearby chemical collection event will be held in Skye (Frankston) on Saturday 2 February. Register for these collections online or call 1300 363 744.

Please visit the Sustainability Victoria website for the full schedule of mobile chemical collections and further information on how to Detox You Home.

Below is a list of the items that are accepted at the mobile household chemical collection events.  Please note that the maximum acceptable weight or size of any single container is 20 kilograms or 20 litres. Decanting isn't permitted, so bring chemicals in disposable containers.

Accepted items

  • Acids & alkalis
  • Aerosol cans (empty cans be placed in your household recycling bin)
  • Anti-freeze
  • Brake fluid
  • Car body filler
  • Car wax
  • Cleaners - ammonia based
  • Cooking 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 and pesticides
  • Nail polish and remover
  • Oven cleaner
  • Paint stripper, thinner and turps
  • Pool chemicals
  • Rat poison
  • Solvents
  • Transmission fluid
  • Wood preservatives and finishes (oils and varnish)

Below is a list of items which are not accepted through the household chemical collection program.  For alternative disposal options visit Sustainability Victoria website.


Unacceptable items 

  • Motor oil
  • Paint
  • Batteries
  • Fluorescent lights
  • All gas cylinders
  • Chemicals used by businesses for industrial and commercial purposes
  • Farm chemicals
  • Waste asbestos
  • Ammunition

Permanent drop off locations

You can take paint, batteries and compact fluorescent lights to a permanent drop-off site for disposal.  
To find your nearest drop off location please visit the Sustainability Victoria website.

The closest permanent drop-off site to the City of Kingston currently is Bayside Waste and Recycling Center, see details below. Bayside Waste and Recycling Centre also accepts a range of other items like gas bottles, car batteries and motor oil - for free or at a small cost.  Contact the facility for full details.

Bayside Waste and Recycling Centre
144 Talinga Road
Cheltenham VIC 3192
Phone: 03 9585 4385
Drop-off only
Open 7 days a week from 8am to 4pm

Items accepted for free by permanent collection facilities include:

  • Household paint
  • Household batteries
  • Fluorescent tubes and compact fluorescent globes (CFLs)

Items NOT accepted by permanent collection facilities include:

  • Containers larger than 20 litres
  • LPG gas automotive fuel tanks
  • Commercial and industrial chemicals 
Disposing of paint

Paint contains chemicals such as solvents and metals that can contaminate our groundwater and endanger human health. It is important that you do not put unwanted paint into your garbage or recycling bin.  If you are unable to access one of Sustainability Victoria’s permanent drop-off sites you may like to try a paint hardener, which can be found at most hardware stores. Waste paint hardener turns unwanted water based paints and water based timber coatings into solid waste for easy and safe household disposal.

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