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Detox Your Home and Clean Up Australia Day this weekend

News Article Date: 
Monday, 29 February 2016

Detox Your Home will be held on Saturday March 5 with Clean Up Australia Day activities on Sunday March 6.

Detox Your Home is your once a year chance to dispose of unwanted household chemicals such as fuel, herbicides, cooking oil, detergents, turpentine and more, free of charge.

You can bring your items to the Warrnambool Saleyards on Caramut Road for collection between 8am and 4pm.

Visit www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/detoxyourhome for a full list of accepted items.

Household paint, batteries and fluorescent lights are not accepted, but can be dropped off for free all year round at Statewide Waste, next to the showgrounds.

You can also help keep Warrnambool looking its best by getting involved in local Clean Up Australia Day activities.

Head to the boat ramp near the breakwater, Russells Creek on Bromfield Street or the  carpark left of Proudfoots to join a public clean-up between 10am and noon.

There’s no need to do anything before hand, just turn up on the day.

Warrnambool City Council Waste Management Officer Kate McInnes said that both programs made it easy for people to give their local environment a helping hand.

“Detox Your Home is the perfect time to clean out your garage or shed and responsibly dispose of unwanted chemicals,” she said.

“Nasty contaminants such as herbicides or turpentine can wreak havoc on our waterways, so it’s important that these are safely disposed of.

“Council, Friends of the Merri Marine Sanctuary and South West Fishcare are calling on all residents to come on down to a Clean Up Australia Day site to help clean up our beautiful city and especially work to keep plastic out of the ocean and waterways.

“It’s only a small time commitment required on a Sunday morning and it really does make a big difference, as you’ll see by the amount of rubbish we collect in just a couple of hours.”

Last year two full skips, one of rubbish and one of recycling, were collected in Warrnambool for Clean Up Australia Day while 288 vehicles visited the Detox Your Home site at the saleyards.

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