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 Household Hazardous Waste Depot (HHWD) is located at the Environmental Centre, 272 Ferndale Drive North. The depot is FREE to Barrie residents (photo id required).
Site location is usually* weather-dependent: Between approx. May and October the HHWD site is located near the bottom entrance to the landfill (accessible at the east gate). Between approx. November to April the site is moved to a location that must be accessed via the scalehouse at the landfill.
* Exception in 2017: HHWD Location is Moved from May 3 – October 4
Second drop-off date added to alleviate potential delays
Construction of a new Recycling Depot at Barrie’s landfill begins in May, and as a result, the Household Hazardous Waste Depot will be temporarily moved from the lower gate to the upper gate, beyond the scalehouse, starting May 3.
This change may result in longer wait times at the landfill on Saturdays. To mitigate the wait times, the depot will open twice per week from May 3 to Oct. 4, 2017:
- Wednesdays: noon to 7 p.m.
- Saturdays: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This temporary change does not impact the hours of operation for garbage and recycling drop-off at the landfill; the landfill closes at 4 p.m. and only the HHWD will remain open until 7 p.m.
What are Hazardous Materials?
Hazardous materials are substances that are flammable, corrosive, toxic/poisonous or explosive.
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
- Brake fluid
- Cleaning products
- Drain cleaners
- Empty oil containers
5-gallon pails are not accepted
- Oil filters
limit per residence: 5 per month
- Fire extinguishers
- Fluorescent light bulbs
- Motor oil
limit per residence: 25L per month
- Nail polish remover
- Paint thinners
- Pool chemicals
- Sharps (needles)
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.