Household Hazardous Waste

What is Household Hazardous Waste?

If it’s corrosive, flammable or poisonous, it’s hazardous waste. These types of products contaminate water and landfills and should never be poured down the drain or put out with your regular garbage.To help you dispose of these products safely, the Facility operates a year round Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) and Material Recovery program to ensure your propert disposal of these potential harmful chemicals and compounds from your home.  Any household product, with one or more hazard symbols, that can’t be used up (or in some cases recycled) may be brought to the Leduc & District Regional Waste Management Facility for proper disposal.

Tips to reduce Household Hazardous Waste

Use a non-hazardous alternative:

  • Environmentally friendly and safer alternatives are available for household cleaning, home improvement and garden care. Most stores have a 'green area' for safer cleaning alternatives. Check labels to ensure these products have green based ingredients. 

Be a smart and wise consumer:

  • If you must purchase a hazardous product, purchase only what you need. If you can, avoid buying larger quantities.
  • Ensure that the product you purchase does what you want it to do before you purchase it. Once purchased, follow the instructions on the label for safe use, ventilation and storage.
  • Check the label for the type of hazardous waste and how you would be able to dispose of any excess amount.

Provide any leftover products to someone who can use them:

  • Relatives, friends, neighbours, community groups and charitable organizations may be able to use some of your leftovers.

Avoid aerosols whenever possible:

  • Much of the aerosol product ends up in the air. Purchase safer alternatives.

Examples of Hazardous Products

IMPORTANT - Always keep each material in its original labelled container and store safely out of reach of children and pets. Please do not mix items together for two main reasons - a chemical reaction could occur by mixing items together. This may have severe ramifications and could cause you harm. Secondly, in order for us to properly dispose of the material, the original ingredients need to be clearly identified.  

In the Bathroom In the Kitchen    
Air fresheners (aerosol) Abrasive powders
Drain cleaners Oven cleaners
Hair colouring  
Hair perm solutions In the Laundry
Hair sprays (aerosol) Ammonia
Mildew removers Bleach
Nail polish and remover Detergents
Toilet cleaners Dry-cleaning fluids
Tub and tile cleaners Fabric softeners
  Laundry stain removers
In the Garage Laundry starch
Aerosol sprays Liquid cleansers
All-purpose solvent-based cleaners  
Ant/Wasp spray Other
Auto body filler Acetone
Automotive antifreeze Alcohol-based lotions
Barbeque fire starter products Disinfectants
Brake fluid Floor wax strippers
Butane refills Furniture polish/wax
Car batteries (lead-acid) Glass cleaners
Car waxes and polishes Muriatic acid
Carbon tetrachloride Photographic chemicals
Contact cement Propane gas cylinders
Degreasers (petroleum based) Rechargeable batteries
Fertilizers (weed and feed) Rubbing alcohol
Fungicides Rug/upholstery cleaners
Gasoline Rust remover
Glues (solvent and water-based) Septic tank degreaser
Herbicides Shoe polish
Hot tub chemicals Silver and brass polish
Insecticides Spot removers
Kerosene Treated wood
Lighter fluid Waste Oil
Lye Electronics
Paint thinners and strippers Propane Tanks
Pool Chemicals Tires
Solvents, turpentine Paint - Indoor/Outdoor
Transmission fluid  
Weed killers  
Windshield washer fluid with methyl alcohol  
Wood preservatives  
 
Please note: Ammunition and explosives should be brought to the local police or RCMP detachment for special handling.