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What is HHW/HSP?

Household hazardous waste is often abbreviated to HHW, or HSP (hazardous and special products) in some provinces. The term is used to describe a broad range of items, including solvents and flammable liquids, gasoline, pesticides, 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/HSP 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, incinerated, or securely stored to keep from contaminating landfills and waterways.

Our recycling locations include bottle depots, recycling organizations and one-day collection events which take place throughout the year.

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What happens to household hazardous waste after it’s dropped off

When dropped off, your household hazardous waste will be safely handled and managed responsibly.

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