The United Townships of Head, Clara and Maria

Household Hazardous Waste

Updated: 4 years ago - Created: November 19th, 2013

Some examples of hazardous materials you may find around your home

antifreeze
lighter fluid
batteries
lye
brake fluid
mothballs
chemical strippers
nail polish remover
chlorine bleach
old propane tanks
fire extinguishers
prescription drugs
flea collars and sprays
solvents
herbicides
insect repellent
spot removers
insecticides
contact cement
paints pesticides
drain cleaners
pool chemicals
stains and finishes
kerosene
toilet cleaners
lawn chemicals
used motor oil
oven cleaners
MHSW Program Plan - Phase I Materials
  • Paints and stains and their containers;
  • Solvent such as thinners for paint, lacquer and contact cement, paint strippers and degreasers, and their containers;
  • Used oil filters;
  • Oil containers of 30 litres or less for a wide range of oil products such as engine and marine oils, and hydraulic, power steering and transmission fluids;
  • Single use, dry cell batteries such as alkaline-manganese, zinc-carbon, lithium and button cell batteries (non-rechargeable )
  • Automotive antifreeze (engine coolant and related containers;
  • Pressurized containers such as propane tanks and cylinders;
  • Fertilizers, for example, plant food or plant nutrients containing nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium (N-P-K); and
  • Fungicides, herbicides, insecticides and pesticides and their containers.
Household Hazardous Wastes - What are they exactly?

North Americans generate over 1.76 million tons (over 3.5 billion pounds) of hazardous household waste (HHW) each year.  Although HHW makes up a very small percentage of the waste stream, it causes a large part of the environmental damage that occurs in waste handling and disposal.

Do I Really Need to Use This?

Products labelled as corrosive, flammable, reactive or toxic should be disposed of only at a hazardous waste facility. Even if they don't have warning labels, it's safe to assume that products like paint, motor oil and old propane tanks are potentially hazardous too.

Most of these wastes are produced by industry. Hazardous wastes are an unfortunate by-product of the manufacture of metals and plastics, computer equipment, dyes and paints, among other commodities.

Rechargeable Battery and Cell Phone Program

The Municipal Office is now a depot for collection of household and rechargeable batteries along with cell phones under the Call2Recycle program. This program is operated by a non-profit as a public service and attempts to collect hazardous materials and divert them from our landfill. 

There is no cost to the user or the municipality.  Please do your part to use this service to keep these materials out of our landfill and ultimately our groundwater. 

The office is open Monday- Wednesday and Friday, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm.

For more information please visit the Call2Recycle website at call2recycle.ca