Disposal of household hazardous waste

What is Household Hazardous Waste?

If it’s corrosive, flammable or poisonous it’s hazardous waste. These types of products contaminate water and landfills and should never be poured down the drain or put out with your regular garbage.

To help you dispose of these products safely, the City of Ottawa operates several one-day Household Hazardous Waste Depots for City of Ottawa residents only. 

Liquid or hazardous waste from industrial, commercial and institutional sources will not be accepted.  The one-day Household Hazardous Waste Depots are for residential household waste only.

Products to be dropped off at household hazardous waste depots include:  (maximum 100 litres by volume)

  • Aerosol containers
  • Propane cylinders
  • Disinfectants
  • Fluorescent bulbs/tubes
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Fertilizers and pesticides
  • Mercury switches/thermometers
  • Needles and syringes
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Paints and coatings
  • Oven and window cleaners
  • Pool chemicals

You can also return certain paint products and batteries to Ottawa hardware retailers. Visit makethedrop.ca to find a location near you.

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2015 Dates and Locations

Information on the 2015 one-day Household Hazardous Waste depots will be posted as soon as they are available

Residents can safely dispose of many kinds of household hazardous waste, including fluorescent bulbs, batteries, paint and oil, by returning them to participating local retailers during their regular business hours.  For a list of retailers who accept returns of household hazardous waste, enter the item name in the Waste Explorer

 Tips to reduce Household Hazardous Waste

Use a non-hazardous alternative:

  • Environmentally friendly and safer alternatives are available for household cleaning, home improvement and garden care

Be a wise consumer:

  • If you must purchase a hazardous product, buy only the amount you can use up. Avoid larger quantity, bulk purchases if you don’t need a lot.

Read labels:

  • Ensure that the product you purchase does what you want it to do before you purchase it. Once purchased, follow the instructions on the label for safe use, ventilation and storage.

Give leftover hazardous products to someone who can use them:

  • Relatives, friends, neighbours, community groups and charitable organizations may be able to use some of your leftovers.

Avoid aerosols whenever possible:

  • Much of the aerosol product ends up in the air. Purchase safer alternatives.

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