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


Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) items include:

  • Paint, primers, stain, turpentine, glue
  • Household cleaning products, drain cleaners, bleach
  • Motor oil, gasoline, windshield fluid
  • Propane and helium tanks/cylinders
  • Air fresheners, swimming pool chemicals
  • Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs), batteries
  • Syringes, medical sharps, medication
  • Aerosol cans
  • Lighter fluid
  • Pesticides and garden products
  • Cooking oil

Proper Disposal Options

  • 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
  • Pharmacies for medication and needles