How to dispose of household hazardous waste

 “Where the senses fail us, reason must step in.”
Galileo Galilei

The Queen of Green has a follow up post to the household cleaning recipes. It is on how to dispose of household hazardous waste.  So now armed with our new home-made safe cleaners we can safely dispose of the toxic ones.  You can check out her full article or just read the recap below to get the gist of it followed by a verbatim quote of sites suggestion for areas in Canada that handle household hazardous waste (HHW) disposal.

“Stop hoarding household hazardous waste! Take them to a depot near you.  Never pour or flush HHW substances down the drain where they will enter the sewage system.

Some examples of HHW are: acetone, ant/wasp spray, barbeque starters, antifreeze, car waxes and polishes, glues, hair colouring, aerosol hair spray, lye, nail polish remover, paint thinners, rechargeable batteries, shoe polish, spa and pool chemicals, weed killers and windshield washer solution.

Some examples of household cleaners considered to be HHW are: abrasive cleaners, aerosol air fresheners, all purpose cleaners, ammonia, bleach, disinfectants, drain cleaners, fabric softeners, glass cleaners, laundry starch, laundry stain removers, mildew removers, oven cleaners, rug and upholstery cleaners, toilet cleaners and tub and tile cleaners.

Each Canadian province has instituted a household hazardous waste collection program to make it easy for Canadians to dispose of these toxic items with minimal environmental impact.

Before locating a depot near you:

  • Keep materials in their original containers, or ensure that the containers are well labelled
  • Do not mix different products together
  • Tightly cap all containers

HHW disposal in Alberta

A HHW collection program called “Round it Up” is coordinated through Alberta Environment and administered by Alberta Recycling. There are several permanent collection sites and household hazardous waste round-ups done every year across Alberta. Materials collected at sites and collections are safely shipped and disposed of at the Swan Hills Waste Treatment Centre.

HHW disposal in British Columbia

Municipalities are responsible for the collection and disposal of household hazardous waste. Metro Vancouver residents can locate collection depots using the Metro Vancouver Recycles database and iphone app. Outside of the Metro Vancouver region, residents can contact their municipalities or visit municipal websites for HHW disposal options.

Provincially, the Recycling Council of BC provides HHW disposal information on their website and via the Recycling Hotline at 604-RECYCLE (604-732-9253), or drop-off select HHW products at Product Care Paint Plus Depots.

HHW disposal in Manitoba

The Manitoba Government contracts the Miller Environmental Corporation to collect and dispose of HHW. Collection events occur periodically in Winnipeg and throughout the province. In Winnipeg, HHW can also be dropped off with an appointment to the depot at 1803 Hekla Avenue, or visit Green Manitoba’s Household Hazardous Waste page.

HHW disposal in Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan Waste Reduction organizes frequent HHW collection events in Saskatoon. Contact local municipal offices to see when an HHW event is scheduled near you, or find out how to organize a collection event.

HHW disposal in Quebec

Municipalities and regional county municipalities (RCMs) are responsible for waste management within their jurisdictions. Some hold occasional HHWcollections, while others can do direct drop-offs to an Éco-centre. To find out when and where HHW is recovered near you, contact Recyc-Quebec.

HHW disposal in Ontario

Use Ontario’s comprehensive contaminant recycling program, The Orange Drop, and search for a HHW drop spot by postal code. Fully funded by industry under a model called extended producer responsibility (EPR), the businesses that produce and market the products managed under the Orange Drop program cover the costs of collection and disposal once the consumer has finished using their product.

HHW disposal in Nova Scotia

Search HHW disposal options by seven different solid waste-resource management regions, or contact HHW disposal facilities by city.

HHW disposal in Prince Edward Island

Six HHW depots are located at Waste Watch Drop-off Centers across the province. Contact Island Waste Management Corporation for more details at 1-888-280-8111.

HHW disposal in Newfoundland and Labrador

Collection and disposal of HHW is managed by Multi Materials Stewardship Board(MMSB). They organize regular municipal roundups and there are several permanent HHW Collection Depots across the province.

HHW disposal in New Brunswick

South West Solid Waste Commission has a permanent HHW depot at the Hemlock Knoll Landfill Site in Lawrence Station. This depot disposes of HHW in an environmentally friendly manner, free of charge.

HHW disposal in Yukon

The City of Whitehorse has regularly scheduled HHW collections{32F0FAFB-04EF-4576-A597-24483FB83F57}, and other communities can organize HHW collectionswith financial assistance from The Monitoring and Inspections Department.

HHW disposal in Nunavut

No on-going HHW collection or diversion program is currently operational in Nunavut. Inquire directly to to find out what to do with your HHW.”

Today’s “stone” is Day 133    rid of toxics, save the planet, be safe


2 thoughts

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: