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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.

The Household Hazardous Waste Facility is open Saturdays only, 8:30am to 3:30pm. Material drop off is FREE to Barrie and Simcoe County residents. Residents must go over the landfill scales and show valid I.D. before proceeding to the HHWF. Please place hazardous waste material on the table and respect physical distancing, and review the safety measures for the landfil.

No commercial hazardous waste is accepted at the Environmental Centre. There are alternative location options​ to dispose of commercial hazardous goods.

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 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 (272 Ferndale Drive North, see hours above) will receive a digital thermometer, free of charge! ​(Note: ​​​CFL bulbs are excluded from the free digital thermometer promotion)

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 HHWF

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 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 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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