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Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)

These items contain toxic ingredients and should be used and disposed of with caution.

Home healthcare waste DOES NOT belong in Toronto's Blue Bin recycling program

Household Hazardous Waste


  • Syringes
  • Needles
  • Lancets
  • Injectors
  • Pre-filled pens


  • Dialysis waste (e.g. filters, disposable towels & sheets)
  • IV bags & tubing, gastric & nasal tubes
  • Solied dressing, sponges and gauze
  • Catheters & colostomy bags
  • Disposable pads, gowns, gloves, masks & aprons

Disposal Options
Put these items in a sealed container labeled "needles" and...
Option 1: 

Return them to your local pharmacy

Option 2:

Take them to a City Drop-off Depots

Option 3:

Take them to a Community Environment Day

Option 4:

For all household hazardous waste between 10 to 50 litres/kilograms, residents can also request a free Toxic Taxi pick-up by calling 311. Apartment and condo residents should check with their Superintendent and Property Manager.

Disposal Options

Put items inside two plastic bags and...
Option 1:

Place them in your Garbage Bin

Option 2:

Place them in a garbage bag with a City-issued bag tag



Household Hazardous Waste needs special handling

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. They contain toxic ingredients. Use them carefully and dispose of them safely. Do not place out for regular garbage or Blue Bin recycling 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 Blue Bin recyclables.  You can dispose of it easily at:

Corrosive: Corrosive such as car battery acid and drain cleaners that will eat away at material and injure skin. Flammable: Flammable such as lighter fluid, turpentine and gasoline that can ignite. Explosive: Explosive such as aerosol containers that may explode if incinerated or stored above 50 degrees Celsius. Poisonous: Poisonous such as cleaning fluids, pesticides and medicines that can be poisonous or lethal, even in small quantities, to adults, children and pets.
Disposal Tips
  • HHW products must not be put in either garbage or Blue Bin recycling, or poured down the drain/toilet or poured into sewers
Free pick-up of HHW (appointment needed)Pick-up instructions (following confirmed appointment)
  • HHW must be placed on private property not at curb or on sidewalk, boulevard or street
  • Items must be at the front of the house/building
  • Please have items located on street address side of property whenever possible and advise where waste will be left for pick-up
  • Liquid materials must be in a sealed, non-leaking container (i.e. paints must have a lid)
  • Different material types need to be kept separate (e.g. batteries, paints, light bulbs should not be mixed in one container)
  • Containers must be labeled

What is considered HHW?

Learn how to get rid of HHW safely (pdf)

Car products, motor oil, windshield fluidHousehold cleaning products
Paints, glue, primers, stainsPesticides and garden products
Cooking oilBatteriesPropane tanksCFLs, syringes, medical sharps
MedicationAir fresheners, swimming pool chemicals