Alberta's Household Hazardous Waste Program
Unused household products that contain corrosive, toxic, flammable, or reactive ingredients are considered to be "household hazardous waste" ('HHW'). Remains of products such as cleaners, oils and pesticides that contain potentially hazardous ingredients require special handling when you dispose of them. Improper disposal, such as pouring down the sink, pouring in the storm sewer, burning, throwing in the landfill or putting in the trash can ultimately lead to contamination of our water, air and land, and can be a threat to human health.
So what can you do with that part bottle of plant fertilizer or that old aerosol spray can you have stored in the corner of the garage?
'Round it up'
The HHW collection program is coordinated through Alberta Environment & Parks and administered by Alberta Recycling. With several permanent collection sites and HHW roundups arranged annually by municipalities across Alberta, it's easy and convenient for you to safely dispose of those unwanted hazardous household products. Materials collected at municipal roundups are safely shipped and disposed of at the Swan Hills Waste Treatment Center.
To find a household hazardous roundup near you please check the site finder on Alberta Recycling's home page and search under the name of your municipality (city/town/village).
How do I know if it's hazardous?
A household hazardous product has at least one of the following properties:
Reactive Corrosive Flammable Toxic
For a detailed list of household hazardous wastes commonly brought to HHW roundups or collection sites Click here.
Did you know?
From April 1, 2015 - March 31, 2016, 5,411 drums of household hazardous material were safely disposed of at the Swan Hills Treatment Centre and 234,290 aerosol cans were recycled.