A joint project involving Sustainability Victoria, Bass Coast Shire and neighbouring councils has netted 653 kg of dangerous chemicals during a two-hour Detox Your Home collection at Wonthaggi.
Sustainability Victoria’s Resource Recovery Group Director, Jonathan Leake, said more than 300 kg of flammable goods were brought in by 30 people to the first collection of the financial year.
“‘Detox Your Home’ is a safe, free and easy-to-use service that diverts hazardous good from landfills and lets you dispose of common household chemicals without harming your health or the environment.”
“In this case an average of 21kg per person was brought in. It’s an indicator of what else is out there.”
Detox Your Home is administered by Sustainability Victoria delivered in partnership with local councils and is funded through the landfill levy. Products collected are recycled and diverted from landfill.
In the 2016/17 financial year, nearly 73 tonnes of chemicals were collected at 30 metropolitan and country Detox Your Home activities across Victoria.