Household Hazardous Waste
Leftover household products that contain corrosive, toxic, flammable, or reactive components are defined as household hazardous waste (HHW).
- pour down the drain or on the ground
- dump into the storm sewer
- discard into the garbage
Municipal sewage systems and private septic systems do not filter or remove these products from our wastewater, allowing 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 include the following:
- 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 of Household Hazardous Waste
Township of Langley residents are encouraged to use 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.
Household Hazardous Waste Event
Each October, Township of Langley residents have the opportunity to drop off hazardous waste items, small appliances, and more at our Household Hazardous Waste Event. The Township of Langley will safely dispose of these materials on your behalf.
List of acceptable materials.