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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 (272 Ferndale Drive North) to be disposed of properly at no charge.
The City of Barrie Household Hazardous Waste Depot (HHWD) is open every Saturday between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm at the Environmental Centre (272 Ferndale Drive North). The depot is FREE to all Barrie and Simcoe County residents.
New Materials for Curbside Recycling
Empty Paint Cans
Effective April 7, 2014 empty metal paint cans (4L & under) will be accepted for curbside collection in your containers box. Remove the lid to allow the remaining paint dry inside the can and on the lid. Place both the can and the lid in the containers recycling (blue) box. Can sizes are limited to 4 litres and under. Paint cans that are not empty must be taken to the HHWD. Until April 7th, please continue to bring any paint cans to the HHWD.
Empty Aerosol Cans
Effective April 7, 2014 empty aerosol cans will be accepted for curbside collection in your containers box. Remove the lid and dispensing nozzle from the empty can and place in the containers recycling (blue) box. Aerosol cans that are not empty are extremely explosive when compacted and must be taken to the HHWD.Until April 7th, please continue to bring any aerosol cans to the HHWD.
What are Hazardous Materials?
Hazardous materials are substances that are flammable, corrosive, toxic/poisonous or explosive.
Acceptable Materials at the Household Hazardous Waste Depot
- Aerosol cans
- Brake fluid
- Cleaning products
- Drain cleaners
- Empty oil containers
- Fire extinguishers
- Fluorescent light bulbs
- Motor oil
- Nail polish remover
- Paint thinners
- Pool chemicals
- Sharps (needles)
All hazardous waste, including needles and syringes, must be in rigid, sealed and labelled containers.
Unacceptable Materials at the Household Hazardous Waste Depot
- More than 25L of hazardous waste per residence per month
- More than 25L of waste oil per residence per month
- More than 5 used oil filters per residence per month
- 5 gallon pails of oil
- Commercial and/or industrial waste
- Ammunition or explosives
- Radioactive materials
- Unidentifiable materials
- Waste containing biohazards
Alternate Drop-off Sites for Household Hazardous Wastes
Visit makethedrop to find other nearby drop off sites for certain hazardous wastes. Visit healthsteward to find other nearby drop off sites for medications and sharps (needles).
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.
What to Do if a Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) Bulk or Fluorescent Tube Light Bulb Breaks in Your 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. The steps are outlined in a document provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. To access this document as a pdf please click on this link.