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.
How to tell if an item is hazardous
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:
Hazardous wastes also includes:
- paint and solvents;
- automotive wastes (motor oil, antifreeze, etc.);
- electronics (TV, cell phones, mp3 players, etc.);
- mercury containing wastes (switches, fluorescent lighting, thermometers, etc.);
- aerosols and propane cylinders;
- cleaning agents and caustics;
- radioactive waste;
- appliances containing refrigerant (fridges, freezers, etc.).
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Where to dispose HHW
Township of Langley 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, see our WasteWise Guide or 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.
This year’s event will be held on Saturday, October 17,
8:30am – 4:00pm and Sunday, October 18, 8:30am – 3:00pm.
Learn more about household hazardous waste and this year’s event.