What is Household Special Waste?
Household Special Waste (HSW) is any material that is corrosive, flammable, ignitable or reactive, examples are listed below. All households put together have very large - and potentially harmful - quantities of these items if not managed safely. Stewardship Ontario's Orange Drop Program allows Ontarians to return designated materials to local Municipal Depots, retail sites and collection events across Ontario. Visit the Orange Drop website for a disposal location near you.
HSW in the Home
- drain cleaners
- flea powder
- compact fluorescent lights (CFLs)
- fluorescent tubes
- nail polish & remover
- oven cleaners
- photographic chemicals
- thermometers, thermostats, carbon monoxide & smoke detectors
- waste vegetable oil
HSW in the Garage
- car batteries
- brake fluid
- motor oil
- car care products
- paint (empty paint cans with their lids off can go in your blue box)
- paint thinners, solvents
HSW in the Yard
- pool chemicals
- propane tanks & cylinders
It is important to keep these items out of our landfill and properly managed for disposal. Please note that empty paint cans (with the lids removed) can be recycled in your Blue Box.
Household Special Waste Depot Hours Of Operation
The Household Special Waste Depot is open Tuesday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Depot is not open Sundays, Mondays and on statutory holidays.
Household Special Waste Depot Location
The Household Special Waste Depot is located at the City's W12A Landfill Site, 3502 Manning Drive, five kilometres south of Hwy. 401, west of Wellington Road.
Cost To Take Materials To The Household Special Waste Depot
There is no charge.
Who Can Use The Household Special Waste Depot?
The Depot is open to all London residents and businesses disposing of small quantities of HSW. Businesses disposing of household special waste need to complete the Small Quantity Exemption Approval Form. This form lists the maximum amount of material that can be accepted from a business. Businesses with large quantities cannot use the Depot and must dispose of their special waste with a private contractor according to provincial regulations.
Where Can I Recycle Electronics and Appliances?
The Household Special Waste Depot also accepts electronics, TVs, monitors and tires for recycling. For a complete list of locations to recycle electronics, visit Recycle Your Electronics. Fridges, freezers, air conditioners, dehumidifiers and water coolers may be dropped off at the W12A Landfill Site (and also the EnviroDepots) for recycling at no charge.
Handling Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFLs)
Compact fluorescent light bulbs are a popular choice for consumers today because of their energy saving benefits; however they contain a small amount of mercury and therefore should NEVER be put in your garbage or blue box. CFLs and fluorescent tubes are accepted at the Household Special Waste Depot and EnviroDepots as well as some local retailers like Canadian Tire. Check our Reuse & Recycling pamphlet (PDF) for other locations. If you are a business or institution with fluorescent tubes or bulbs to dispose of, please visit Take Back the Light for simple and low-cost recycling solutions. For further information on CFLs and safe handling, please refer to the Natural Resources Canada website.