OLD and unwanted household chemicals can be disposed of responsibly and for free at the Detox Your Home event at Mornington transfer station, 9am-3pm, Saturday 5 December.
The Sustainability Victoria pop-up event will accept a specific range of highly toxic household chemicals, such as cleaning products, pool chemicals, and weed killer. These products are not accepted at most transfer stations because they pose a high risk to safety when combined or stored in large volumes.
However, no paint, fluorescent lights or batteries will be accepted.
Organisers say household chemicals can harm people and pets, fuel a house fire, release toxic fumes and pollute the environment. They should not be thrown out at regular rubbish collections as they can explode, ignite, leak or mix with other chemicals.
Pouring household chemicals down the drain pollutes our waterways, harms animals and vegetation, contaminates our water supply and makes rivers and beaches unsafe for swimming.
Items collected on the day will be recovered and diverted from landfill.
Register at detoxyourhome-mornington.eventbrite.com.au to attend the contactless, COVID-safe drive-through-only event. Bring the confirmation email to check in. Only one person per car. The on-ground chemist will do the heavy lifting.
The transfer station is at 134 Watt Road.