Household Hazardous Waste Plus Collection Event

On Saturday, October 23 and Sunday, October 24, drop off household hazardous waste items, small appliances, electronics, and more at the Household Hazardous Waste Plus Collection event for safe disposal or recycling.

What to expect for 2021

The first Household Hazardous Waste event took place twenty years ago and evolved as years went by. Here’s what residents can expect for this year’s event:

  • The event is scheduled to take place at the George Preston Recreation Centre, 20699 - 42 Avenue. The event will take place outdoors, in the parking lot, from 9:00am until 3:00pm.
  • This event is open to Township of Langley and Langley City residents. Proof of residency is required to participate in this free event, but no pre-registration is required. Examples of accepted proof of residency includes government issued ID or utility bill with a Langley address.
  • Occupants of vehicles are asked to keep their windows rolled-up unless speaking to staff and wear a mask during the entirety of their drop-off.
  • Residents must remain in their vehicles at all times – only event staff will unload waste from vehicles.
  • Items will only be accepted if they are retrievable via truck beds or vehicle trunks/hatches. No items will be accepted from the cabin of a vehicle or accepted through windows/doors.
  • Boxes, totes, and containers carrying or storing items for drop-off will not be returned. This includes items attendees often want returned, such as Rubbermaid-style totes or plastic bins/baskets. Residents are advised to only bring items to the event that are fit for disposal or recycling.
  • Liquid items must be in a secure container with a secure lid. Leaking items will not be accepted as they can be dangerous if spilled or mixed with other materials.
  • Household quantities only.
  • This event will move forward as long as health guidelines allow and will adapt to all provincial health and safety requirements as needed. Details and requirements for attendees are subject to change.
  • Non-perishable food donations for the Langley Food Bank will be gratefully accepted. Sorry, no cash donations.

Items accepted at the event for drop off:

  • Antifreeze*
  • Ballasts (must be removed from fixtures)*
  • Batteries (residential and automotive)*
  • Bleach
  • Brake fluid
  • Concentrated acids
  • Darkroom chemicals
  • Electric Outdoor Power Equipment (chain saw, leaf blower, etc.)
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Fluorescent lights/bulbs*
  • Furniture stripper
  • Herbicides
  • Motor oil*
  • Oven cleaner
  • Paint and thinners*
  • Pesticides*
  • Propane fuel tanks (empty)*
  • Solvents*
  • Swimming pool chemicals
  • Toilet bowl cleaner
  • Transmission fluid
  • Turpentine*
  • Electronics*
  • Mercury thermostats*
  • Small appliances*
  • Smoke detectors*

Want to skip the line on event day? Asterisked items above can be disposed of for free all year long. Find out where and how.

Items not accepted at the event (list is not comprehensive):

Important note:

If you want to drop off an item but it is not listed in the “accepted items” list, please call the Engineering Division at 604-532-7300 for confirmation before attending the event.


­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­General information on household hazardous waste

Household hazardous waste is anything with a warning symbol on the label (such as flammable, corrosive, explosive, or poisonous), as well as anything unidentifiable. Some of the most common examples include:

  • Paint and solvents
  • Automotive wastes (motor oil, antifreeze, etc.)
  • Electronics (TVs, 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.)

These types of items are not accepted in municipal waste or recycling collection and should never be dumped down drains and sewers, buried, thrown in the garbage, or dumped illegally. Additionally, do not leave these items in your home, garage, or yard, as they can leach into soil and water, or harm people and animals.

It is important to dispose of these items carefully, via participating depots or programs, or at the Household Hazardous Waste Plus Collection Event held in the fall.

Remember, when it comes to household hazardous waste materials, never:

  • 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 cannot filter or remove these products from our wastewater, which would allow hazardous substances to enter waterways. Burying these items can lead to groundwater contamination.

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:

Very Toxic Corrosive
Toxic Effects Corrosive
Flammable Reactive
Toxic Effects Corrosive
Corrosive

How to dispose of household hazardous waste

Residents are encouraged to visit local drop-off depots for hazardous waste items. Many items can be disposed of year-round and free-of-charge. Instead of waiting for the yearly collection event, check the following resources to find drop-off options most convenient to you: