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Household Hazardous Waste

Protect the environment, bring in your household hazardous wastes to the City of Barrie Household Hazardous Waste Depot (HHWD), 272 Ferndale Drive North, to be disposed of  properly at no charge.

The HHWD is open every Saturday between 9am and 4pm at the Environmental Centre (272 Ferndale Drive North). The depot is FREE to all Barrie and Simcoe County residents.

Site location is weather-dependent: Between May and November (depending on the weather) the HHW Facility is located at the Satellite Facility which must be accessed at the east gate at the bottom entrance to the Landfill. Between December to April (depending on the weather) the facility will be moved to a location that must be accessed via the Scalehouse at the Landfill.

What are Hazardous Materials?

Hazardous materials are substances that are flammable, corrosive, toxic/poisonous or explosive.Hazardous materials symbols

Acceptable Materials at the HHWD

Note: Only residential waste is accepted at the depot; no more than 25L of hazardous waste per residence per month. All hazardous waste, including needles and syringes, must be in rigid, sealed, and labelled containers.

  • Aerosol cans
  • Antifreeze 
  • Batteries 
  • Bleach
  • Brake fluid 
  • Cleaning products 
  • Cosmetics
  • Drain cleaners
  • Empty oil containers
    5-gallon pails are not accepted
  • Oil filters
    limit per residence: 5 per month
  • Fertilizers 
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Fluorescent light bulbs 
  • Gasoline 
  • Lighters 
  • Medication
  • Motor oil
    limit per residence: 25L  per month
  • Nail polish remover 
  • Paint 
  • Paint thinners 
  • Pool chemicals 
  • Propane/butane
  • Sharps (needles)
  • Thermometers 

Unacceptable Materials at the HHWD

  • 5-gallon pails of oil
  • Commercial and/or industrial waste
  • Ammunition or explosives
  • Radioactive materials
  • Unidentifiable materials
  • Waste containing biohazards

Effects of Improper Disposal of Hazardous Materials

When these materials are improperly disposed of through the sanitary sewer system (by way of household drains such as the kitchen or laundry room sinks), they do not receive the treatment necessary to diffuse their environmental impact and are discharged into Kempenfelt Bay, affecting plant and animal species as well as water quality and, ultimately, public health.

Frequently Asked Questions
Where are alternate drop-off sites for household hazardous wastes?

Visit www.makethedrop.ca to find other nearby drop off sites for certain hazardous wastes. Visit www.healthsteward.ca to find other nearby drop off sites for medications and sharps (needles).

What should I do if a compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulb or tube light bulb breaks in my home?

Fluorescent light bulbs contain a small amount of mercury sealed within the glass tubing. When a fluorescent bulb breaks, some of this mercury is released as mercury vapour. To minimize exposure to mercury vapor, EPA recommends that residents follow specific cleanup and disposal steps.

 

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