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Waste Reduction Drop-Off Days and Special Events

Send waste to a better place! Learn all about our special events such as the Household Hazardous Waste Day, Leaf and Yard Waste Depots and more! We also have information about white metal goods recycling and composting.

2018 Household Hazardous Waste Days

2018 Leaf and Yard Waste Depots

Treecycle - Christmas Tree Recycling


Household Hazardous Waste

Household hazardous waste are items that can be corrosive, flammable or poisonous. Knowing which products are hazardous can help you protect yourself, your family, staff and the environment. Please do not dispose of household hazardous waste in your garbage or by pouring items down the drain or stormwater sewers as it will harm the environment.

Paint and Electronics
SARCAN Recycling collects unused paint and electronics year-round. If you have unused or unwanted paint and end-of-life electronics, take them to your nearest SARCAN depot. SARCAN also accepts empty paint cans. Read more information about SARCAN’s recycling programs.

Household Hazardous Waste Days

Upcoming Dates and Times

The Household Hazardous Waste Days are now closed for the year. Check back for 2019 depot times.

Learn how to dispose of your hazardous waste by using the Waste Wizard search tool.


City’s Public Works Yard - 2400 6th Avenue                                                                                  Enter off 6th Avenue from Broad Street using the westbound lane.

We accept household hazardous waste such as chemicals, fertilizers, aerosols, paint, rimless tires, batteries and light bulbs. Materials will be recycled and disposed of in an environmentally responsible manner. Household Hazardous Waste Day is for residents only. Vehicles bringing hazardous waste from business activities are not permitted. 

Note: Appliances and electronics are no longer accepted. Learn how to dispose of your hazardous waste by using the Waste Wizard search tool.

If you bring your household waste in bags, boxes or other containers, the containers will not be returned.

Safety Tips

  • For everyone’s safety, all materials should be left in the original container or labelled to allow for contents to be identified. Do not mix products together.
  • Please remain in your vehicle at all times. Keep personal belongings away from items you’d like to dispose, as event staff unload your vehicle. For safety measures, no smoking on site.

Acceptable Materials

Hazardous waste including:

  • Adhesives – contact cement, caulking, sealer, carpet and linoleum adhesives and glue
  • Aerosols – hair spray, insect repellent, lubricant spray and furniture cleaner
  • Automotive – used engine oil/filters, antifreeze, carburetor cleaners, car wax, fuel and windshield cleaner
  • Batteries – alkaline, lithium, Ni-CAD and nickel metal hydride
  • Cleaners – oven cleaner, toilet bowl cleaner, glass cleaner, spot remover and disinfectants
  • Corrosives – drain cleaner, engine degreaser, battery acid and sulphuric acid
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Fluorescent light bulbs/tubes and compact florescent light bulbs
  • Fuels – gas/diesel, kerosene and lamp oil
  • Mercury – mercury and thermometers
  • Oxidizers – chlorine, bleach, pool chemicals, fertilizers and hydrogen peroxide
  • Paint – in original, labelled container
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Poisons – lawn herbicides, garden chemicals, rat poison and insecticides
  • Propane cylinders
  • Solvents – paint thinner, acetone, varsol, alcohol and benzene

Additional Reusable Materials

  • Rimless scrap tires

Unacceptable Materials

  • Garbage
  • Appliances
  • Electronics
  • Explosives or firearms (including ammunition, gunpowder, firecrackers and fireworks)
  • Radioactive materials
  • Sharps
  • Microwaves or water coolers
  • Unlabelled material
  • Crystallized material

Hazardous Waste Storage Tips

  • Keep materials in their original containers. If the labels is lifting off use transparent tape to secure it.
  • Do not mix different products together.
  • Tightly cap all containers.
  • Follow the storage instructions on the product label. Storage requirements vary based on the hazardous property a material has.
  • Where allowed, store containers together in a large heavy duty plastic container to prevent potential spillage.
  • Make sure you store flammable products in the recommended temperature range.
  • Keep out of reach of children.
  • Do a periodic check on the storage area to ensure no problems have occurred.
    • Be sure there are no apparent fumes.
    • Ensure you can clearly see each label.
    • The containers should be clear of rust, bulges, dents or leaks.
  • Never pour of flush household hazardous waste materials down the drain. Chemicals can corrode pipes and cause issues at the Wastewater Treatment Facility.

Fall Leaf and Yard Waste Depots

Instead of putting your leaves, plants, pumpkins and twigs in the garbage, bring them to the City’s Leaf and Yard Waste Depots where it will be turned into nutrient-rich compost. Gardeners, farmers and landscapers mix this compost into existing soil to enrich the earth and stimulate healthy plant growth.

Fall Leaf and Yard Waste ContestUse paper bags and enter to win a lawn mower!

Residents over the age of 18 may enter by bringing leaf and yard waste to a fall depot in something other than plastic bags, such as:

  • paper bags
  • reusable bags
  • reusable containers
  • bundled
  • tarped

Draw Date: Wednesday, November 14

Official Contest Rules and Regulations

Dates and Times

Depots are open every Saturday from September 22 to November 3 between 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


  • Michael A. Riffel Catholic High School, 5757 Rochdale Boulevard
  • Thom Collegiate High School, 265 Argyle Street North
  • Kinsmen Park South, Kings Road and Lakeview Avenue
  • 550 Arcola Avenue, between Victoria Avenue and Winnipeg Street


City crews will be there to help you send your yard waste to a better place. We encourage you to bring your yard waste in paper bags or bundled to avoid delays.

Acceptable Materials

  • Grass clippings
  • Leaves
  • Plants
  • Pumpkins
  • Flowers
  • Garden waste (plant and vegetable waste)
  • Bush/shrub trimmings
  • Twigs
  • Branches (not branches from elm trees) up to one inch thick and up to one metre long

Unacceptable Materials

  • Branches from elm trees (leaves and small twigs from elm trees are allowed)
  • Sand
  • Gravel
  • Rocks
  • Full trees
  • Logs
  • Kitchen food waste
  • Pet waste

Let's all work together to reduce landfill waste.

Treecycle – Christmas Tree Recycling

treecyclebannerThe Treecycle Depots are now closed for the season. Check back for next season's depot times and locations.