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 is not accepted. The one-day Household Hazardous Waste Depots are for residential household waste only.
Drop off the following at household hazardous waste depots include:
- Aerosol containers
- Propane cylinders
- Fluorescent bulbs/tubes
- Fire extinguishers
- Fertilizers and pesticides
- Mercury switches/thermometers
- Needles and syringes
- Paints and coatings
- Oven and window cleaners
- Pool chemicals
2018 dates and locations
Information on the 2018 one-day Household Hazardous Waste depots is posted as soon as it is 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.
- 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 what you no longer need.
Avoid aerosols whenever possible:
- Much of the aerosol product ends up in the air. Purchase safer alternatives.
In 2017, you helped divert more than 627 tonnes of hazardous waste from the landfill, including the following items:
- 33,000 CFL light bulbs and fluorescent tubes
- 10 tonnes of household batteries
- 16 tonnes of aerosols
- 345 tonnes of paint
- 480 kg of sharps and needles
- 740 kg of pharmaceuticals
- 1,946 large propane cylinders
Household hazardous waste depots make a difference!