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Household Hazardous Waste

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

Hours of Operation: Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The Household Hazardous Waste Facility and Storage (HHWFS) is located at the Environmental Centre, 272 Ferndale Drive North. Material drop off is FREE to Barrie and Simcoe County residents. Residents must go over the scales and show valid I.D. before proceeding to the HHWFS.

Mercury Roundup: We want Your Mercury!

In partnership with Scout Environmental, with funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the City has launched a campaign to encourage residents to bring items containing mercury to the HHWFS. The program is designed to divert a potent toxic chemical—liquid mercury—from the waste stream. Barrie is one of the first municipalities to launch the Mercury Roundup program that will expand to six other Ontario municipalities by 2021.

Effective June 21, 2018: The first 600 residents to bring in a mercury-containing product to the HHWFS (272 Ferndale Drive North, see hours above) will also receive a digital thermometer, free of charge!

Visit for a full list of items that may contain mercury and which you may still have in your home.

What are Hazardous Materials?

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

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Acceptable Materials at the HHWFS

Please note, we accept residential only; no commercial waste.
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 HHWFS

  • 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 to find other nearby drop off sites for certain hazardous wastes. Visit 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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