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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.


From to May to November (depending on the weather) the HHW Facility will be located at the Satellite Facility which must be accessed at the east gate at the bottom entrance to the Landfill.

From December to April (depending on the weather) the HHW Facility will be moved to a location that must be accessed via the Scalehouse at the Landfill.

Coming April 7th, 2014: New Materials for Curbside Recycling

Starting April 7, 2014 the following items can be put in your Blue Box for curbside collection:

  • Empty Aerosol Cans: Remove the lid and dispensing nozzle (if possible) from the empty can before placing in your blue box. Aerosol cans that are not empty can pose an explosion risk in recycling facilities and must be taken to the Household Hazardous Waste Depot.
  • Empty Dry Paint Cans: Remove the lid to allow the remaining paint dry inside the can and on the lid. Place both the can and the lid in your blue box. Can sizes are limited to 4 litres and under. Paint cans that are not empty must be taken to the Household Hazardous Waste Depot.

What are Hazardous Materials?

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

Acceptable Materials at the Household Hazardous Waste Depot

  • Aerosol cans
  • Antifreeze 
  • Batteries 
  • Bleach
  • Brake fluid 
  • Cleaning products 
  • Cosmetics
  • Drain cleaners
  • Empty oil containers
  • Fertilizers 
  • Fire extinguishers 
  • Fluorescent light bulbs 
  • Gasoline 
  • Lighters 
  • Medication
  • Motor oil
  • Nail polish remover 
  • Paint 
  • Paint thinners 
  • Pool chemicals 
  • Propane/butane
  • Sharps (needles)
  • Thermometers 

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. 


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