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Disposing of Household Hazardous Waste in Guelph

September 8, 2017

 

Thankfully most municipalities across Canada offer a safe recycling and disposal of household hazardous waste.  The professional organizers of Align Home Organizing are happy to haul away these items for you, as part of the complete service we offer to our organizing clients in Guelph, Ontario.  However if you're wanting to tackle purging of your home DIY-style, here's what you need to know:

 

Taken from the Waste Reduction Programs page of the City of Guelph's website in September 2017:

 

Guelph residents can bring household hazardous waste items to the Household Hazardous Waste Depot where items will be recycled, or disposed of safely. Residents will be required to fill out a hazardous waste ticket before dropping off any materials.

 

Household Hazardous Waste Depot
 
Cost

No charge to Guelph and Wellington County residents

 
Location

Waste Resource Innovation Centre
110 Dunlop Drive, Gate 3

 
Hours of Operation

Tuesday to Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Closed Sundays, Mondays and holidays.

 

The City encourages Guelph residents to continue to act responsibly when it comes to the disposal of hazardous items. Bring your hazardous waste to the Household Hazardous Waste Depot, visit our Take it back Directory for a list of local retailers where you can drop off certain household hazardous waste material at no cost. Guelph’s Household Hazardous Waste Depot ONLY accepts residential hazardous waste. Large commercial loads of hazardous waste will not be accepted at the Depot.

 

What materials are accepted?
 
Around the house
  • Aerosol cans

  • Batteries (disposable and rechargeable)

  • Bleach

  • Cleaning products (drain, floor, glass, oven, etc.)

  • Cooking oil

  • Fire extinguishers

  • Floor, furniture and metal polish

  • Compact Flourescent Light, fluorescent bulbs and tubes

  • Medicine (over-the-counter and prescription)

  • Nail polish and remover

  • Needles and syringes (hypodermic)*

  • Paint

  • Perfume

  • Solvents

  • Thermometers

  • Thermostats

*Needles and syringes must be in a rigid plastic container (ex. bleach bottle), soaked in bleach overnight, drained, and the lid of the container must be taped securely on before being brought to the Household Hazardous Waste depot.

 
In the garage
  • Antifreeze

  • Brake fluid

  • Car batteries

  • Car care products (wax or polish)

  • Driveway sealer

  • Fuel (gasoline, diesel, kerosene)

  • Motor oil and oil filters

  • Paint, stain and varnish

  • Paint thinner

  • Windshield wiper fluid

Fuel will only be accepted in a ULC (Underwriters Laboratories of Canada) or CSA (Canadian Standards Association) approved plastic or metal gasoline container.

 
Around the yard
  • Fertilizers

  • Herbicides

  • Insecticides

  • Pesticides

  • Pool/hot tub chemicals

  • Propane tanks and cylinders

What materials are NOT accepted?
  • Ammunition or explosives

  • Bio hazardous waste

  • Commercial, industrial or institutional waste

  • Flares and fireworks

  • Laboratory chemicals

  • Radioactive materials

  • Waste containing PCBs

  • Broken glass is NOT considered hazardous waste

 

Preparing household hazardous waste for safe and easy transport

  • All materials should be left in the original container to allow easy identification of the contents.

  • Do not mix products together.

  • Collect household batteries in a small bag, plastic container or coffee can.

  • Wastes should be sealed and labelled.

  • Gasoline will only be accepted in a ULC (Underwriters Laboratories of Canada) or CSA (Canadian Standards Association) approved plastic or metal gasoline container. NEVER store or transport gasoline in glass, in metal cans with plastic parts or in plastic containers which have not been approved for these uses. Replacement containers will be provided at no cost.

  • Bring all hazardous waste in a cardboard box or rigid container.

  • Needles must be placed in a rigid plastic container, soaked in bleach over night, drained and labelled.

  • Special procedures for Compact Florescent Lights and florescent bulbs

Drop-off procedure
  1. Upon arrival at 110 Dunlop Drive, follow signs to the Household Hazardous Waste Depot

  2. Remain in your vehicle at all times

  3. Proceed to the scale house on the green light; advise the clerk you have household hazardous waste materials

  4. Drive to the Household Hazardous Waste unloading area

  5. Be patient and expect a wait time for service

  6. Do not walk your material to the Depot

  7. Do not unload your material until directed to do so by Household Hazardous Waste staff

  8. Fill out and sign the Household Hazardous Waste ticket provided to you by the Household Hazardous Waste staff

Absolutely NO smoking or cell phone use during unloading!

  • There is no charge to Guelph and Wellington County Residents.

  • Guelph’s Household Hazardous Waste Depot ONLY accepts residential hazardous waste.

  • All materials should be left in the original container to allow easy identification of the contents.

  • Gasoline will only be accepted in a ULC (Underwriters Laboratories of Canada) or CSA (Canadian Standards Association) approved plastic or metal gasoline container. NEVER store or transport gasoline in glass, in metal cans with plastic parts or in plastic containers which have not been approved for these uses. Replacement containers will be provided at no cost.

  • Large commercial loads of hazardous waste will not be accepted at the Depot

 

For more information

 

Solid Waste Resources
519-767-0598
TTY: 519-826-9771
waste@guelph.ca

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