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Household Hazardous Waste

Protect the environment: bring in your household hazardous wastes (HHW) to the City's household hazardous waste facilities to be disposed of  properly at no charge. Material dropoff is FREE to Barrie and Simcoe County residents.

If you are sick, self-isolating due to COVID-19 symptoms, or have recently returned (within 14 days) from travel, do not visit the landfill. Protect yourself. Protect others.

HHW Drop-off Locations

Household Hazardous Waste Facility

The Household Hazardous Waste Facility is open Saturdays only, 8:30am to 3:30pm. Residents must ​show valid I.D. before proceeding to the HHWF. Please review the safety measures for the landfill.

Recycling Depot

A Recycling Depot is open at the lower gate area of the landfill. Household hazardous waste materials are​ accepted at the depot on Saturdays only, 8:30am to 3:30pm. (Recyclable materials that do not carry a disposal fee are accepted at the depot Tuesday to Saturday, 8:30am–3:30pm.)

Mercury Roundup: We want Your Mercury!

In partnership with Scout Environmental, with funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the City launched a campaign to encourage residents to bring items containing mercury to the HHWF. 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.

Residents who bring in a mercury-containing product to the HHWF will receive a digital thermometer, free of charge! ​​​​CFL bulbs are excluded from the free digital thermometer promotion.

Visit MercuryRoundup.ca/Barrie for a full list of items that may contain mercury and that you may still have in your home.

What are Hazardous Materials?

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

Hazardous materials symbols

Acceptable Materials at the HHWF

We accept residential only; no commercial hazardous waste is accepted. There are alternative location options​ to dispose of commercial hazardous goods.

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 HHWF​​

  • 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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