Nothing in life is more traumatic than looking back on the tragic consequences of a risk that could have been avoided. Today I write of one that you might consider.

From 8am to 4pm on Saturday 19 August, Boroondara is pleased to open its Recycling and Waste Centre to residents of this and six other municipalities to dispose of unneeded or out-of-date toxic household chemicals. But you must book a time.

The ‘Detox your Home’ household chemical collection service is an initiative of Sustainability Victoria and it is important to get in early and book a session given the number of households that will seek this valued service.

Register online for this free service. Registration is required to manage the traffic flow and avoid queues on the day, which means you can get in and out quickly.

Before you start collecting your unwanted household chemicals, read this excellent fact sheet created by Sustainability Victoria. Then search around your house, shed or garage, and then take advantage of this safe, free and easy-to-use program to dispose of common household chemicals without harming your health or the environment.

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.

It is not safe to throw chemical products out with your regular waste collection as there are a number of dangers associated with this approach – the products could explode, ignite, leak or mix with other chemicals. You shouldn’t pour them down the drain either, in case they pollute our waterways, harming animals and vegetation, contaminating our drinking water supply and making rivers and beaches 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, highly toxic household chemicals on Saturday 19 August, but be sure to book a spot.

Cr Phillip Healey


Boroondara Mayoral Blog