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Detoxify Your Home: Powell

 Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The Victorian Coalition Government is offering a new service to Shepparton residents to safely dispose of old cleaning products, left-over paint, dead batteries and weedkiller stored around their home, Member for Shepparton Jeanette Powell announced today.

The Detox Your Home program provides a free service in partnership with Greater Shepparton City Council to collect potentially dangerous and unwanted household chemical products.

Shepparton residents can dispose of their unwanted household chemicals on Saturday, November 10, between 8am and 11am. Registration is required and a drop-off point will be given upon registration.

Mrs Powell said this is an important service funded by the Victorian Government through the Victorian landfill levy, which ensures collected materials are treated and recycled, or disposed of safely by a specialist team.

“I am pleased the government, in conjunction with the council is providing this service and I would encourage any residents who wish to dispose of chemical goods to make use of the service to ensure these goods are disposed of in a responsible manner,” Mrs Powell said.

“People may bring as few or as many products, and each container must be less than 20 litres or 20kg but must not be an empty container.”

To safely transport chemical containers, check lids are on tight, put containers in a plastic tray or bucket, double wrap old containers to prevent leaks and pack powders and solids securely.

Minister for Environment and Climate Change Ryan Smith said the Government was committed to protecting Victoria’s environment and ensuring communities are free of harmful chemicals.

“Over time we all develop a collection of old paints and chemicals that are no longer needed,” Mr Smith said.

“However, it is important that these items are disposed of correctly to avoid contaminating the environment which we all share and enjoy.

To register for this free event and for more information visit www.resourcesmart.vic.gov.au/detoxyourhome, call 1800 353 233 or contact Greater Shepparton City Council on 5832 9700.


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