Local residents are being urged to ‘Detox Your Home’ – a free and easy-to-use service to dispose of household chemicals without harming your health or the environment.
The household chemical collection service is coming to Swan Hill and Kerang on Saturday, 14 March.
Swan Hill Rural City Council, in partnership with Sustainability Victoria, is encouraging residents to utilise the opportunity to get rid of unwanted, and potentially dangerous, items like pesticides, detergents and weed killers.
Council’s Director Infrastructure Svetla Petkova said household chemicals could be dangerous and this program was a safe way to dispose of them.
“They can harm your family and your pets, add extra fuel to a house fire, release toxic fumes and pollute the environment for future generations, which is why residents should take advantage of the free Detox Your Home service to safely dispose of unwanted items,” she said.
Ms Petkova warned residents against putting chemicals out with the regular rubbish collection where they could explode, ignite or mix with other chemicals. She also cautioned against pouring them down the drain, where they could pollute waterways, harming animals and vegetation, and contaminating drinking water.
The Detox Your Home collection will be held on Saturday, 14 March 2020 at the Swan Hill Stadium Car Park, 15 Gray Street from 8am to 10am and at Kerang Transfer Station, Kerang – Murrabit Road from 12pm to 2pm. Simply turn up with your unwanted chemicals – there is no need to book.
Detox Your Home is administered by Sustainability Victoria in partnership with local governments and is funded by the Victorian landfill levy. The products collected are recycled for recovery and diverted from landfill.