COVID-19 update: Given the current situation, some recycling locations may be temporarily closed or have reduced hours. If you’re planning to visit a depot, we encourage you to contact them directly to confirm hours of operation and safety protocols. Please do not throw your recyclables in the trash.
Make sure your leftover household hazardous waste doesn’t harm the environment by safely disposing of it with us.
What is household hazardous waste?
Household hazardous waste is often abbreviated to HHW. The term is used to describe a broad range of items, including solvents and flammable liquids, gasoline, pesticides, fertilizers, toxics, corrosives and other physically hazardous products.
It can be harmful to the environment to pour these products down the drain or put them in your regular garbage. Liquid hazardous products which enter our sewage systems and landfills may contribute to toxic leachate and harm marine life and human health. Disposing of these products in the trash also poses a risk to garbage handlers.
The safest thing to do with these products is to drop them off at one of our many recycling locations, where they can be handled safely and correctly.
The specific types of HHW products we accept in our program varies by province. Be sure to check your province’s page for more information.
What happens when you drop off your household hazardous waste?
What to do with leftover household hazardous waste
If your household hazardous waste is accepted by your province’s Product Care Recycling program, take it to your nearest recycling location and drop it off. It will then be sorted and recycled, securely incinerated, or securely stored to keep it from contaminating landfills, earth and waterways.
Our recycling locations include bottle depots, recycling organizations and one-day collection events which take place throughout the year.
What happens to household hazardous waste after it’s dropped off
When dropped off, your household hazardous waste will be safely handled and disposed of in the most environmentally-friendly way available.
Flammable Liquids & Gasoline
Flammable liquids include solvents, BBQ lighter fluid, camping fuel, kerosene and waste or stale gasoline. They are blended and burned as fuel, in a process known as energy recovery.
We accept flammable liquids and gasoline in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario.
Toxic liquids, such as furniture stripper, are blended together and sent to be burned as fuel for energy recovery. Solid toxic materials are incinerated at high temperatures in a government-regulated incinerator.
We accept toxics in Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
Pesticides collected through our programs are typically incinerated at high temperatures in a government-regulated incinerator.
We accept pesticides in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario.
Packaged fertilizers regulated under the Fertilizer Act of Canada and collected through our program are typically incinerated at high temperature in a regulated incinerator, or are safely landfilled.
We accept fertilizers in Ontario.
Corrosives such as rust remover are neutralized, treated and stabilized with concrete, before they are securely stored. Mixing these materials with concrete ensures they are solidified and don’t contribute to leachate in the landfill.
We accept corrosives in Saskatchewan and Manitoba.