Household Hazardous Waste
Leftover household products that contain corrosive, toxic, flammable, or reactive components are defined as household hazardous waste (HHW).
- pour them down the drain or on the ground;
- dump them into the storm sewer;
- discard them in the garbage;
- bury them.
Municipal sewage systems and private septic systems do not filter or remove these products from our waste water, which allows hazardous substances to enter our waterways. Burying these items can lead to groundwater contamination.
Hazardous Waste Items
- paint and solvents;
- automotive wastes (motor oil, antifreeze, etc.);
- electronics (TV, cell phones, mp3 players, etc.);
- mercury containing wastes (switches, fluorescent lighting, thermometers, etc.);
- batteries;aerosols and propane cylinders;
- cleaning agents and caustics;
- radioactive waste;
- appliances containing refrigerant (fridges, freezers, etc.).
If your product label contains one of the following warning symbols, or you suspect it to be hazardous, it must be disposed in a safe and responsible manner:
Where to dispose HHW
Residents are encouraged to visit local drop-off depots for hazardous waste items. For information on how and where to dispose of household hazardous waste, call the Recycling Council of BC (RCBC) recycling hotline 604.732.9253.
Every October, Township residents have the opportunity to drop off hazardous waste items, small appliances, and more at our Household Hazardous Waste Event. The Township will safely dispose of these materials on your behalf.
Household Hazardous Waste Event 2016: date to be determined
View the accepted items list from the 2015 event.