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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 Household Hazardous Waste Depot (HHWD) is located at the Environmental Centre, 272 Ferndale Drive North. The depot is FREE to Barrie and Simcoe County residents.

HHWD Temporary Relocation & Hours
May 2 – October 3, 2018

The HHWD is temporarily moved for the spring and summer from the lower gate to the upper gate, beyond the scalehouse. This change may result in longer wait times at the landfill on Saturdays. To mitigate wait times, the HHWD will be open twice per week from May 2 to Oct 3, 2018:
• Wednesdays, 9am to 4pm
• Saturdays, 9am to 4pm

Prepare for Battery Collection Week, November 5–9

It's time to prepare for Battery Collection Week! In early September Barrie residents were mailed a battery collection bag to begin filling up with dead batteries. You can place this bag at the curb for pickup on your collection day during the first full week of November. Extra bags are available year-round for pickup, during operating hours at City Hall, Environmental Centre, or any recreation centre

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 HHWD. 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 HHWD (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 HHWD

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 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 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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