Chemicals, medicine, paint, batteries

Do you need to safely dispose of unwanted highly toxic household chemicals?

Household chemicals can be dangerous — 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. Items such as chemicals, medicine, paint and batteries should not be poured down the drains or placed in your garbage, recycling or green waste bins.

These items can be disposed of at a permanent drop-off site or at a Detox Your Home mobile collection.

Permanent drop-off sites

The permanent drop-off sites are listed below. Domestic quantities only accepted. For operating hours and contact details, visit Tips, transfer stations and drop-off locations.

Boroondara Recycling Monash Waste Transfer Station Other free drop-off sites
Unused medicine Chemist
Mobile phones Australia Post,
Glen Eira Town Hall
Ink cartridges
Free Australia Post,
Officeworks
Household batteries Free Free Some Aldi and
Officeworks locations
Car oil   Free up to 30 litres
Paint Free Free
Fluorescent tubes Free Free
Car batteries  Charge Free

The Monash Waste Transfer Station is now part of the Paint Stewardship Scheme and accepts commercial quantities of paint. For further information, visit Monash City Council's website or visit Paintback website.

None of these sites accept asbestos.

Detox your Home

There more than 30 Detox your Home mobile collections held across Victoria each year. The program is administered by Sustainability Victoria in partnership with local councils and is funded by the Victorian landfill levy.

Visit the Detox your Home website for a complete list of upcoming mobile collections and accepted products.

Please note that none of these sites accept asbestos. For furtherinformation on how to safely dispose of asbestos, visit our Asbestos webpage.