Garbage & Recycling

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)

Paints, pesticides, propane tanks, batteries, syringes, used motor oil and many cleaning products are just some examples of household hazardous wastes, that are used daily by residents. These items contain toxic ingredients and should be used and disposed of with caution. Do not place out for regular garbage pick-up. Please do not pour motor oil, paints or solvents down your drain or into sewers.

Household Hazardous Waste WILL NOT be collected with your garbage or recyclables.

Corrosive Corrosive: Corrosive such as car battery acid and drain cleaners that will eat away at material and injure skin.
Flammable Flammable: Flammable such as lighter fluid, turpentine and gasoline that can ignite.
Explosive Explosive: Explosive such as aerosol containers that may explode if incinerated or stored above 50 degrees Celsius.
Poisonous Poisonous: Poisonous such as cleaning fluids, pesticides and medicines that can be poisonous or lethal, even in small quantities, to adults, children and pets.

Types of Household Hazardous Waste

ExpandCar, garage products

  • Antifreeze
  • Car batteries
  • Brake fluid
  • Body filler
  • Car wax with solvent
  • Fuel (gasoline, diesel, kerosene
  • Motor oil (new and used)
  • Oil filters
  • Windshield washer fluid (recycle empty container)

ExpandHome healthcare waste

Home healthcare waste is garbage with the exception of syringes, medical sharps and medication. By disposing of home healthcare waste in the garbage, you will not contaminate the recycling program.

Although some of these items are plastic, they are not recyclable.

How to dispose of home healthcare waste:

  1. Empty and rinse all tubes, filters and bags.
  2. Put the waste inside two plastic bags (double-bagged).
  3. Put in garbage.

Syringes and medical sharps should be placed in a sealed container labelled "Syringes" and taken to a Drop-off Depot.

Medication and vitamins do not go in the garbage or Green Bin. Proper disposal options include Drop-off Depots or any pharmacy. Empty pill bottles can be recycled.

ExpandHousehold cleaning products

  • Abrasive powders
  • Ammonia based cleaners
  • Bleach
  • Carpet and upholstery cleaners
  • Disinfectants
  • Drain cleaners
  • Floor and furniture polish
  • Metal cleaners
  • Oven cleaners
  • Silver polishes
  • Window, glass, plastic cleaners

ExpandPaints, solvents, glue

  • Automotive spray paints
  • Latex and water-based paints
  • Paint strippers
  • Primers
  • Rust removers
  • Stains, finishes
  • Thinners, turpentine
  • Wood preservatives

ExpandPersonal care products

  • Alcohol-based lotions (aftershave, perfume, etc.)
  • Medication
  • Nail polish, remover
  • Syringes, medical sharps (see Home healthcare waste)


Collection and Drop-off

Private car entering a drop-off depot

Drop-off Depots

Dispose of items such as household hazardous waste, propane tanks, electronics, renovation waste, tires, etc. Garbage, recycling and yard waste can be also be dropped off — see a list of accepted items