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Household Hazardous Waste

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Promoting environmental stewardship, especially in todays "Green" society is appreciated by all who are willing to abide by the regulations mandated by federal, provincial and local municipalities.

 Our Household Hazardous Waste Facility at 2491 Keeley Rd , across from our Public Works yard, has been up and running for just over 6 years now and we are proud to see the response from our residents. Since building our Depot in 2011, we have successfully diverted over 364 tonnes of hazardous materials from our landfills!

Summer hours began April 5th, 3 pm - 8 pm and will be open every Thursday thereafter until Fall.

 

Household Hazardous Waste

We'll take everything from paint to propane cyclinders to pool chemicals to empty aerosol cans. Check the list!

Electronics

What is e-waste?

Electronic waste, also called e-waste, are electrical or electronic materials that have reached the useful end of their lifecycle or have been discarded by their owners. E-waste includes any equipment that has an electrical source such as a power socket or battery.

The electronic waste that we produce can be grouped into three main categories:

  • small equipment like vacuum cleaners and toasters,
  • large equipment such as washing machines, and
  • communication technology like cellphones.

How is e-waste dealt with?

In Canada, e-waste is dealt with at the provincial level in one of two ways: ERP or PSP. ERP is the extended producer responsibility, where the manufacturer pays for the electronics to be disposed of properly once they reach their end-of-life. PSP is the product stewardship program, environmental fees or funds paid by the public at the point of purchase. Both ERP and PSP are e-waste methods that place the onus of e-waste disposal on private organizations.

Electronics Products Recycling Association (EPRA), a Canadian non-profit, operates an electronics recycling program that providing consumers with another way to properly dispose of their unwanted electronics. To date, the ERPA estimates that it has diverted 100,000 metric tonnes of e-waste from landfills.

End-of-life electronics are dropped off at EPRA authorized collection sites, including drop-off centres, return-to-retail locations and at special collection events, in well over 2,000 locations across the country.

The products are then sent to audited and approved specialized recyclers for processing.  New technology is used to break down old technology and harvest the raw materials that went into them including glass, plastics, and precious metals like gold and copper.  Substances of concern like mercury and lead, are also handled responsibly to protect both the environment, and the health and safety of the workers handling them. The recovered materials are then put back into the manufacturing supply chain and used to make new products.

When you bring your old, end-of-life electronics to EPRA-authorized locations, you’re helping to:

  • Keep old electronics out of landfills
  • Prevent them from being illegally exported or handled by irresponsible recyclers
  • And recover and recycle valuable resources that can be put back into the manufacturing supply chain

It’s impossible to imagine a world today without electronics. Together, we can make sure it’s also impossible to imagine a world where piles of old electronics are sitting in landfills or harming our environment.

Using and enjoying electronics today, also means responsibly recycling them for a cleaner tomorrow.

 ALWAYS REMEMBER TO CLEAR YOUR COMPUTERS, CELL PHONES AND ELECTRONICS OF ALL CONFIDENTIAL OR PERSONAL INFORMATION, REFER TO THE OWNERS MANUAL FOR INSTRUCTIONS

For more information, go to http://www.recycleyourelectronics.ca/

Hard Plastic-No longer accepted

We are still actively looking for a company to process our hard plastics but have not found one as yet therefore we are unable to take any hard plastics at our HHW depot. These products may be taken to either Loughborough WDS or Portland WDS

Paints

Paints, laquers and even their cans sometimes contain harmful elements. Mercury and lead are the most common culprits. this is typically the case for paints that were made before the 1990's. On top of containing hazardous materials, paint cans are highly flammable and when ignited release airborne toxins. leftover paint, staining oils or varnishes can be brought to the HHW facility. This includes all aerosol cans.

Motor Oils

Oils that are used in vehicles and industrial equipment are generally considered to be hazardous. Disposing motor oil through storm sewers, in road culverts, in lakes and rivers or on top of open ground is prohibited. To properly dispose of used motor oil, put it in a clean plastic container with a tight lid. do not mix it with anything else that will make it unsuitable for recycling. Bring all your used oil as well as oil filters to our HHW facility.

Fuels

Petroleum and gasoline are highly flammable and, for that reason alone, they are banned at all landfills. Unusable fuel can be disposed of at our HHW facility.

Batteries

The chemicals, metals and corrosive materials in batteries can pose a serious threat. This is particularly true for car batteries which have a lead-acid composition. Lead, along with other heavy metals, has to be disposed of in accordance to federal, provincial and municipal regulations. Old car batteries can be recycled by retailers who will offer you a discount when you hand over your old one and purchase a new one. We also accept all forms of smaller batteries so bag them up and bring them over.

Fertilizers/Pesticides

We accept all fertilizers and pesticides both liquid or solid. Please, never dispose of these products down the drain or near any open water.

Bale Wrap

Again, with the changing markets, we are now only allowed to take bale wrap. Tarps, boat wrap and heavier items that were once allowed are no longer as they are made of a different composition of materials that are no longer accepted by  our processor.

Medical Sharps

Pharmaceuticals/medications/prescription drugs and medical sharps are household hazardous waste and should not be placed in household garbage. The Health Products Stewardship Association operates programs locally through participating pharmacies to collect these products. Visit your local pharmacy to return these products.

 

For other items, review the list of acceptable hazardous waste and e-waste material found here

There is no charge for residents of South Frontenac to drop off acceptable items at the HHW Depot