COVID-19 Update: This year, Community Environment Days will be set up as drive-thru events at the City’s seven Drop-Off Depots. Residents will be able to drive to different stations to drop off items for reuse, recycling and safe disposal. Events will begin on Sundays from September 13 and run until November 1, 2020. The City of Toronto is committed to protecting the health and safety of our residents and staff. Kitchen containers will not be available for purchase.


Note: City HHW services can only accept residential hazardous waste, not industrial, commercial or institutional hazardous materials. Property managers and superintendents dropping off HHW at a Depot originating from Multi-Family units must adhere to the quantity limitations. The amount of HHW shall not exceed 50 litres, 50 Kilograms or 24 cans.

Dispose of Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) properly:

Fees: Dependent on quantities, you may be charged a fee when you drop off fluorescent tubes, please visit the Fees for Drop-Off Depots on the City of Toronto website.

Find other drop-off locations for selected HHW disposal:

Household Hazardous Waste is defined as items that are;

  • Corrosive such as car battery acid and drain cleaners
  • Flammable such as lighter fluid, turpentine and gasoline
  • Explosive such as aerosol containers
  • Poisonous such as cleaning fluids, pesticides and medicines

Household Hazardous Waste includes the following;

  • Aerosol cans - full or partially full cans are HHW. Completely empty cans are recyclable and can be put into the blue bin for recycling, remove and discard plastic lids first into regular garbage bin
  • Antifreeze
  • Batteries (Household) - all types weighing less than 5 kg each. Preparing batteries before bringing to a depot:
    • Place the battery into a clear plastic bag, produce bags newspaper bags, Ziploc® bags, Clear bags only!  
    • If no bags are available, tape the positive (+) terminal with a nonconductive tape.: * Clear packing tape * Electrical tape * Duct tape ! No masking tape, No painter’s tape, No Scotch® tape. Do not cover chemistry label.
  • Batteries (automotive/car/truck) - all types
  • Bleach
  • Cleansers
  • Cooking oil
  • Fertilizers
  • Fluorescent Tubes (see above for fees). Please ensure tubes are boxed (maximum 20 tubes).  10 ft tubes must be delivered to the depot.
  • CFLs (Compact Fluorescent Lamps) to be contained in boxes labelled "CFLs" (maximum 100)
  • Gasoline (must be brought to a depot in a container that can be left behind). The depots are not permitted to dispense or pour gasoline into another container on site. Any container is acceptable as long as it has a lid and is securely closed.
  • High pressure sodium light bulbs contain mercury (low pressure sodium lights do not contain mercury, and can be disposed of in regular garbage)
  • Medications
  • Mercury thermometers/non-electric thermostats
  • Nail polish & remover
  • Motor Oil
  • Paint cans (empty cans/cans with dried paint are recyclable, separate lid from can and put both into the blue bin for recycling)
  • Pesticides (Herbicides, Fungicides & Insecticides (includes insect repellent, moth balls)
  • Pool chemicals
  • Propane and helium tanks and cylinders smaller than 24 inches tall are acceptable (empty or with gas). Larger tanks should be returned to the point-of-purchase
  • Solvents
  • Syringes/Needles/medical sharps should be placed in a sealed, puncture proof container labelled "Syringes"

Also see: Needles or syringes found -private or public property

For more information on Household Hazardous Waste please visit the City of Toronto website

There are limits on the amount of Hazardous Waste that can be dropped off per day;

  • Containers exceeding 20 litres in volume cannot be accepted
  • No more than 50 litres or 50 kg or 24 cans can be accepted
  • 20 fluorescent tubes at no charge
  • A maximum of 100 compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs)
  • 2 Propane or helium tanks

Not accepted:

  • Explosives (i.e. ammunition can be taken to a local Police Station)
  • Furnace oil tanks, contact private company for disposal
  • Empty paint cans and aerosols (empty paint cans with lids separated and empty aerosol cans with caps discarded may be placed in your Blue Bin for recycling); empty paint pails can be discarded with regular garbage
  • Fireworks (should be soaked in water (and sealed in a plastic bag and disposed of as waste)
  • Flares of any type (these items must be disposed of by a private company or directly from the point of sale).

Disposal instructions, please handle them with care:

  • Wherever possible please return products in their original containers, properly sealed. If items are not in the original container ensure the container is tightly sealed and clearly labelled with its contents or what they were previously used for. This includes fluorescent light bulbs/tubes
  • Don't mix different types of paint together
  • Don't mix different products together in one container
  • Don't leave products in your car trunk for long periods of time, particularly during hot weather
  • Don't let hazardous materials pile up. If you generate large quantities of an item, drop it off regularly at a Depot, Community Environment Day event or call 311 to have the Toxic Taxi pick them up.


City of Toronto Drop-Off Depots