Household Hazardous Waste

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Household hazardous waste is not collected at the curb. This type of waste requires special care during collection, transportation, handling, storage, and disposal. Hazardous waste items should never be flushed down the toilet, poured down the drain, poured down storm sewers, or thrown in the garbage.

Examples of household hazardous waste include:

  • Anti-freeze
  • Car and household batteries
  • Brake fluid and fuels
  • Fungicides and herbicides
  • Insecticides and pesticides
  • Motor oil and used oil filters
  • Paints and paint thinners
  • Poisons
  • Pool chemicals
  • Propane tanks
  • Stains
  • Syringes and needles

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For more information on Municipal Hazardous and Special Waste (MHSW), please review the Municipal Hazardous and Special Waste Information.

Residents can take dedicated loads of household hazardous waste to the Regional Waste Management Facility free of charge.

Residents can also visit http://www.makethedrop.ca/ to find alternative drop-off locations for household hazardous waste.

Sharps and Used Medication Disposal

Sharps, syringes, needles and expired medications do not belong at the curb.  Ask your pharmacist for a sharps container,and dispose of sharps at one of the Regional Waste Management Facilities or return this waste to a participating Take-Back pharmacy location.

Battery Recycling Program

Residents can now recycle primary dry cell and rechargeable batteries at  designated Town facilities:Battery Drop off container

  • Town of Whitby Municipal Office, 575 Rossland Rd. E.
  • Iroquois Park Sports Centre, 500 Victoria St. W.
  • Whitby Central Library, 405 Dundas St. W.
  • Whitby Civic Recreation Complex, 555 Rossland Rd.
  • Whitby Seniors Activity Centre, 801 Brock St. S.
  • Brooklin Community Centre and Library, 8 Vipond Rd.
  • McKinney Centre, 222 McKinney Dr.
  • Whitby Fire Hall, 111 McKinney Dr. 

Safe Storage of Batteries 

Batteries should be stored in a cool, dry location, away from any flammable material. During storage, battery terminals should not be in contact with conductive materials. The terminals on nine volt batteries, in particular, should be covered prior to storage. For more information about preparing batteries for recycling please visit: http://www.rawmaterials.com/page/education/prepare-batteries.