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.