Recycling initiatives

Detox Your Home -*Horsham and Ararat Events have been cancelled and will be back in the region at a later date (30/04/2020)

Toxic household chemicals, such as cleaning products, pool chemicals, pesticides and weed killer, can be safely disposed of for free at Sustainability Victoria's Detox Your Home events. Collected items are recovered for reuse or safely disposed of.

'Detox Your Home' events are now drive-through (no walk-ins) and contactless, supported by a COVIDSafe plan.

This service is for household chemicals only.

They don’t take paint, fluorescent lights and batteries.

  • The maximum acceptable weight or size for any single container is 20 kilograms or 20 litres.
  • Decanting isn’t permitted, so bring chemicals in disposable, clearly labelled containers. If you don’t know what’s inside, label the item as ‘unknown’.

To view the full list of items accepted and not accepted go to
Items accepted at Detox Your Home events | Sustainability Victoria

Ararat Transfer Station is a registered site for the Detox your home event on Saturday 8 May 2021

Horsham Transfer Station is a registered site for the Detox your home event on Saturday 8 May 2021



Council participates in the free drumMUSTER program, with services offered at:

Drums must be triple rinsed and dried, with no lids.

Please check the opening times of the above transfer stations.

For more information on drumMUSTER visit the website at



ChemClear® is a national service for the safe collection and disposal of registered Agvet chemicals.

To be able to use the ChemClear® program, your chemicals need to be registered. To register your chemicals, either visit or call 1800 008 182



MobileMuster is a free mobile phone recycling program that accepts mobile phones, batteries, chargers and accessories.

Drop off points are transfer stations and council offices.

Please visit the MobileMuster website for postal options and more information at



Batteries are the biggest known contaminate in council's kerbside recycling bins.  Batteries disposed of in kerbside bins create problems such as causing fires at Material Recovery Facilities (MRF) and leach toxic and hazardous substances into our soils and waterways.

For more information about the importance of properly recycling batteries, please read this information brochure(PDF, 404KB)

Council provides collection sites for used batteries at Stawell and St Arnaud council offices.  All battery sizes are accepted, from small hearing aid batteries to D size. Car batteries can also be recycled at council operated transfer stations in Halls Gap and St Arnaud
. All batteries collected are recycled.