If it’s corrosive, flammable or poisonous it’s hazardous waste. These types of products contaminate water and landfills and should never be poured down the drain or put out with your regular garbage. Instead, bring them to one of the City of Ottawa's one-day Household Hazardous Waste Depots, which are for residents only. They run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the following dates:
Sunday, April 30
Sunday, May 7
Sunday, June 4
Sunday, June 25
Sunday, August 20
Sunday, September 17
Sunday, October 1
Saturday, October 28
Products accepted (maximum 100 litres by volume):
Residential electronic waste is also accepted at these depots. Liquid or hazardous waste from industrial, commercial and institutional sources will not be accepted.
Tips to reduce Household Hazardous Waste
- Use environmentally friendly and safer alternatives for household cleaning, home improvement and garden care
- If you must purchase a hazardous product, buy only the amount you can use up. Avoid bulk purchases if you don’t need a lot.
- Read labels to ensure that products do what you want them to do before you purchase them, and follow the instructions for safe use, ventilation and storage.
- Give leftover hazardous products to someone who can use them: relatives, friends, neighbours, community groups or charitable organizations.
- Avoid aerosols whenever possible.