Unwanted chemicals under the sink, in the garage, medicine cabinet, studio and laundry can now be rid of for free next month.
The council's Waste Management Officer Peter Roberts said residents are encouraged to rid their homes of unwanted household chemicals as part of the Detox Your Home program.
“Then simply take them to the South Gippsland Shire Council Depot at 80 Yarragon Rd, Leongatha (VicRoads 710 E7) from 8am to 11am on the collection day," he said.
The free removal was organised by the council in partnership with Sustainability Victoria.
The Detox Your Home program helps residents dispose of their old and unwanted chemicals in an environmentally responsible way.
Chemicals could include old paints, batteries, gas cylinders, insecticides, pesticides, kitchen and bathroom cleaners, brake fluids, fuels and coolants, poisonous household and garden products, solvents, glues, photographic chemicals and fire extinguishers.
Ammunition and flares, farm chemicals, motor oil, waste asbestos and containers over 20 litres won't be accepted.
The collected materials will be treated and recycled, or disposed of safely by a specialist team.
Mr Roberts said household chemicals can be dangerous if they are not stored or disposed of safely.
"Storing old chemicals in the shed or under the sink increases the risk of poisoning around the home," he said.
"Sending chemicals to landfill or even pouring small amounts down stormwater drains can pollute creeks and rivers, harming plants and animals."For further information call Sustainability Victoria’s info line on 1800 35 32 33.
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