Chemical Waste


Contact Details

For further information please contact:

The Ballarat Transfer Station
Gillies Street South
Ballarat (opposite Victoria Park)
P: +61 3 53342 621

Detox your Home Program

Household chemicals and toxins should never be dumped or thrown away in the rubbish.

Detox your Home is a free service for householders to dispose of potentially dangerous household chemical products safely and easily without harming the environment. Detox your Home is administered by Sustainability Victoria and delivered in partnership with local governments and is funded by the Victorian landfill levy.

Victorians can take their household chemical products to a convenient Detox your Home drop-off point at either a permanent site or through the mobile service. All Victorian householders can use any of the drop-off points for free.

Detox your Home - mobile service

The Detox your Home mobile drop-off service accepts a wider range of household chemical products used in the house, garage, shed or car. The mobile drop-off days are scheduled at specific times, at council-owned locations around Victoria, usually on a Saturday. The collection site for Detox your Home is the Ballarat Transfer Station.

The next scheduled mobile service for the City of Ballarat will be publicised widely to alert residents of its availability. If, however, residents need to dispose of their household chemicals before this time they can take their chemicals to a scheduled mobile service at another local council facility. To find the most convenient scheduled mobile service follow this link.

Residents can drop off the following items

These items will not be accepted

•           Acids and alkalis
•           Aerosols (dispose of empty cans in your household recycling bin)

•           Anti-freeze

•           Brake fluid

•           Car body filler

•           Car wax

•           Cleaners - ammonia based

•           Cooking oil

•           Coolant

•           Detergents, disinfectants and drain cleaners

•           Fertiliser

•           Fire extinguishers

•           Floor-care products and waxes

•           Fuels - petrol, diesel, kerosene, other

•           Glues - water-based and solvents

•           Herbicides and weed killers

•           Insect spray/pesticides

•           Nail polish and remover

•           Oven cleaner

•           Paint stripper, thinner and turps

•           Pool chemicals

•           Rat poison

•           Solvents

•           Transmission fluid

•           Wood preservatives and finishes (oils and varnish)

•           Compact florescent lamps (CFLs) and tubes
•           Ammunition or firearms
•           Asbestos
•           Chemicals used by businesses
•           Farm chemicals
•           Gas bottles
•           Motor oil


Products you find around your home labelled with the following symbols will also be accepted:

Toxic Symbols

Important Safety PrecautionsTop of document.

There are a number of safety precautions you should observe when transporting chemicals to the collection site as follows: 

  • keep chemicals in their original containers
  • ensure lids are tightly fitted
  • place containers of liquids in a tray or plastic bucket so that they do not spill or fall
  • pack powders and solids securely
  • keep corrosive chemicals, such as battery acid, away from poisons
  • keep oxidising agents, such as peroxide, away from all other materials
  • protect taps on drums so that the tap does not break off
  • travel with your car windows down if carrying flammable or odorous materials
  • double-wrap old liquid containers in plastic bags to prevent leaking

drumMUSTER ProgramTop of document.

You can deliver unwanted and empty farm chemical containers and drums for recycling at the transfer station. Please deliver drums triple rinsed, clean and dry, punctured if they're metal, and with all lids removed. Note:containers with dirt, rust and dye stains are accepted at the drum muster. See the drumMUSTER website for further details.


Old agricultural chemicals and non-household chemicals can be disposed of through the ChemClear program.  Register the chemical on ChemClear websiteor phone freecall 1800 008 182.  Once registered, you will be included in the next periodic collection.  Cost may apply depending on the chemical.

Are there alternative options?

Ballarat has a number of specialist commercial recycling facilities that will accept product such as garden waste, timber, building rubble, concrete and bricks. These specialist recyclers are listed in the local Yellow Pages.