Detox event coming to Bright
ALPINE Shire residents are being urged to ‘Detox your Home’ – a safe, free and easy-to-use service to dispose of common, highly toxic household chemicals without harming individual health or the environment.
The household chemical collection program is coming to Bright on Saturday, 8 December from 9.00am to 12.00pm and Alpine Shire Council, in partnership with Sustainability Victoria, is encouraging residents to take the opportunity to get rid of unwanted – and potentially dangerous – items like pesticides, detergents and weed killers.
“Household chemicals can be dangerous,” Alpine Shire Mayor Ron Janas said.
“They can harm your fam- ily 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.”
Cr Janas warned residents against putting chemicals out with the regular rubbish collection where they could explode, ignite, leak or mix with other chemicals.
He also cautioned against pouring them down the drain where they could pollute waterways, harming animals and vegetation, contaminating the drinking water supply and making rivers unsafe for swimming.
“The good news is you can reduce the risk of poisoning, environmental pollution and bushfire hazards, as well as improve recycling rates, by dropping off unwanted chemicals at Bright’s Detox your Home event,” Cr Janas said.
“Do the right thing for your loved ones and your environment and Detox your Home. It’s easy and it’s free.”
The Detox your Home event will be held at the Bright Council Depot, Churchill Avenue, Bright.
For more information visit www. sustainability. vic. gov. au/detoxyourhome.
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 recovered and diverted from landfill.