Planning a garage cleanout and not sure what to do with all your old paint cans, dead batteries, chemicals such as bleach, pesticides, weed killer, and whatever else you’re sure to find lying around? CopperRock are here to help!
You can bring your unused paint, sealed waste paint or paint cans to be recycled at CopperRock. With 20 large PaintBack containers onsite to responsibly dispose of your paint waste, you know your unwanted paint and paint products won’t end up as hazardous landfill waste. Learn more about our PaintBack partnership here.
Batteries and other electronics that you find stacking up in the garage can be recycled at CopperRock as e-waste! E-waste refers to any electronic waste with a battery or power cord including old phones, computers, gaming consoles, TVs, vacuum cleaners, flat batteries and everything in between. All e-waste is recycled in partnership with EWASTEC, learn more about this program here.
Household chemical cleanout
While household chemicals can’t be recycled at CopperRock, Sustainability Victoria runs several Detox Your Home events each year in Victoria. These events allow you to dispose of toxic household chemicals, such as cleaning products, pool chemicals and pesticides for free! Collected items are recovered for reuse or safely disposed of.
Detox Your Home events accept:
- Acids and alkalis Aerosol cans (empty cans with household recycling)
- Anti-freeze, brake fluid, car body filler, car wax cleaners – ammonia based
- Cooking oil
- Detergents, disinfectants and drain cleaners
- Fire extinguishers
- Floor-care products and waxes
- Fuels – petrol, diesel, kerosene, other
- Glues – water-based and solvents
- Herbicides and weed killers
- Insect spray and pesticides
- Nail polish and remover
- Oven cleaner
- Thinners, turps and paint stripper
- Pool chemicals
- Rat poison
- Transmission fluid
- Wood preservatives and finishes (oils and varnish)
Until you can make it to a Detox your Home event to dispose of your household chemicals, Sustainable Victoria recommends following these tips to safely store the chemicals:
- Store chemicals out of reach of children and animals. If possible, store chemicals in a locked cupboard or storage unit.
- Keep chemicals out of direct sunlight and away from sources of heat, sparks, flames or ignition.
- Do not store chemicals near food storage areas.
- Check labels for correct storage advice. Some chemicals must not be stored together. For example, keep corrosive chemicals, such as battery acid, away from poisons.
- If you can, keep liquid chemicals away from (or stored below) dry chemicals.
- Keep oxidising agents, such as peroxide, away from all other materials.
- Pool chemicals can be particularly dangerous when stored incorrectly. Two groups of swimming pool chemicals (oxidisers and corrosives) are highly reactive and need particular care. Safe Work Australia has advice about storing pool chemicals.
If you have any questions about recycling your unwanted items at CopperRock, get in touch with our team here.