Permanent toxic waste depot on its way

A PERMANENT drop-off depot for hazardous household items will be established in Warrnambool later this year.

It will be designed to handle paint, batteries, fluorescent light bulbs and other items year-round.

In the meantime all household nasties, except for waste engine oils, can be cleared out and taken to the annual Detox Your Home, run by Sustainability Victoria, on March 1 at the saleyards on Caramut Road.

Waste oils can be taken to the Statewide or Bartons transfer stations at 55 cents a litre under tighter new regulations. 

“A number of Victorian councils participate in the Australian Government’s Product Stewardship for Oil program, which provides subsidies for oil recyclers to enable them to provide free or discounted motor oil disposals to householders,” a spokeswoman for Sustainability Victoria said.

“The government is increasing the number of permanent disposal sites around the state from 12 to 30 and running all mobile collections annually, enabling more Victorians to access this popular service more often. 

“The region’s mobile collection service for disposal of other toxic household chemicals will be provided annually instead of once every two to three years.”

Anyone planning to use Detox Your Home is required to book on Sustainability Victoria’s website.

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