Ask the Waste Wizard to find out where and how to properly dispose of an item.


Items that are corrosive, flammable, explosive or poisonous are considered Household Hazardous Waste and WILL NOT be collected with your garbage or Blue Bin recycling.

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) must not be put in garbage or Blue Bin recycling, or poured down the drain, toilet or sewer.

universal corrosive symbol of skeletal hand
Universal flammable symbol of flames inside octagon
Universal explosive symbol
universal poisonous symbol of skull and crossbones


Improper disposal of Household Hazardous Waste has negative effects on our environment and can be harmful to humans and animals.

Know what items in your home are considered Household Hazardous Waste and take proper care when disposing of them.


Collage of household hazardous waste items listed below.

Car and Garage Products

  • Antifreeze
  • Car batteries
  • Brake fluid
  • Body filler
  • Car wax with solvent
  • Motor oil (new and used)
  • Fuel (gasoline, diesel, kerosene)
  • Oil filters (new and used)
  • Windshield washer fluid

Personal Care Products

  • Alcohol-based lotions (aftershave, perfume, etc.)
  • Medication and vitamins
  • Nail polish and remover
  • Syringes and medical sharps must be put in a puncture-resistant sealed container
  • Non-empty aerosol cans

Household Cleaning Products

  • Ammonia-based cleaners
  • Abrasive powders
  • Bleach
  • Drain cleaners
  • Floor and furniture polish
  • Metal and oven cleaner
  • Disinfectants
  • Glass and mirror cleaner
  • Rug and upholstery cleaner
  • Silver polish

Pesticides and Garden Products

  • Poisons (ant, rat, bug, etc.)
  • Fertilizers
  • Fungicides
  • Insecticides
  • Weed killers (herbicides)

Paints, Solvents, Glue

  • Spray paint
  • Latex, oil and water-based paint
  • Paint strippers
  • Primers
  • Rust removers
  • Stains
  • Thinners
  • Turpentine
  • Wood preservatives
  • Glue

Please note: empty metal paint cans (with lids removed) can go in recycling.


  • Air freshener
  • Batteries (all types)
  • Compact florescent lamps (CFLs)
  • Cooking oil
  • Fluorescent tubes
  • Propane/helium tanks
  • Swimming pool chemicals
  • Mercury thermometers
  • Lighter fluid

  • Free pick-up by the City (Toxic Taxi):
    • Maximum of 50 litres/kilograms and minimum of 10 litres/kilograms per pickup (equivalent to 10 full standard household paint cans)
    • Pickup must be prearranged. Call 311 to make an appointment
    • HHW must be placed on private property not at the curb or on the sidewalk, boulevard or street
    • Items must be at the front of the house/building
    • Place items on the street address side of property whenever possible and advise where waste will be left for pick-up
    • Liquid materials must be in a sealed, non-leaking container (e.g. paints must have a lid)
    • Different material types need to be kept separate (e.g. batteries, paints, and light bulbs should not be mixed in one container)
    • Containers must be labeled
  • Drop-Off Depots that accept HHW
  • Community Environment Days
  • Orange Drop Program (for pressurized cylinders, antifreeze/coolant, empty oil containers, oil filters)
  • Pharmacies for medication and needles
  • Product Care Association (for paints, solvents, fertilizers, pesticides)
  • Other battery recycling programs

Those who live in apartment, co-op buildings or condominiums are encouraged to speak to their Property Manager about proper disposal.