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Household Special Waste

Household Special Waste


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

  • bleach
  • cleansers
  • drain cleaners
  • batteries
  • 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

  • antifreeze
  • car batteries
  • brake fluid
  • gasoline
  • glues
  • motor oil
  • car care products
  • turpentine
  • paint (empty paint cans with their lids off can go in your blue box)
  • paint thinners, solvents

HSW in the Yard

  • fertilizers
  • herbicides
  • insecticides
  • pesticides
  • 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 residents of the City of London and Middlesex County, and to businesses disposing of small quantities of HSW from London and Middlesex County. 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 Lights (CFLs)

Take compact fluorescent lights (CFL) to a drop-off location.  CFLs and fluorescent tubes contain mercury and should NEVER be put in your garbage or Blue Box.  CFLs are a good choice for consumers because of the energy saving benefits, however need to be handled with care.  CFLs and fluorescent tubes are accepted at the Household Special Waste Depot and EnviroDepots and at some retail locations. Check our Reuse & Recycling pamphlet (PDF) for locations.  Businesses and institutions with larger quantities should visit Take Back the Light. For further information on CFLs and safe handling, please refer to the Natural Resources Canada website.

Please note that information regarding Canadian Tire Retail Stores (page 4 of the full version) in the 2016 – 2017 Waste Reduction & Conservation Calendar is no longer up-to-date.  Canadian Tire no longer accepts CFL bulbs or tubes for recycling.

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