Hazardous waste and special items

  • The City of Ottawa does not collect electronic waste or e-waste as part of its curb-side garbage collection. These items can be dropped off at participating retailers. Find out where you can return your electronics.

  • Find out how to dispose of large, bulky or other items.

  • For health and safety reasons, sharp objects cannot be put in the garbage or recycling, or flushed down the toilet. There are several ways to properly dispose of needles or crack pipes.
  • Corrosive, flammable or poisonous materials contaminate water and landfills and should never be poured down the drain or put out with your regular garbage. Find out how to dispose of these products safely.

  • Not sure if an item belongs in your blue box, black box, green bin or the garbage?  Use the Waste Explorer to find out how to dispose of thousands of different items.


Not all materials can be thrown in the garbage. There are many items the City does not collect at the curb. These can include: