Household Hazardous Waste

Frequently asked questions on the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Program


  1. What is the HHW Program
    The Government of Alberta’s HHW Program provides funding assistance to encourage municipalities to separate HHW from the overall municipal waste stream to ensure appropriate disposal in accordance with hazardous waste regulations.

  2. What is HHW?
    Toxic, flammable, corrosive, and reactive products generated from households.

    HHW has at least one of the following properties:
  • Toxic e.g. fabric softeners, household pesticides and herbicides
  • Flammable e.g. nail polish remover, acetone, gasoline
  • Reactive e.g. foam insulation
  • Corrosive e.g. oven cleaners, toilet bowl cleaners, bleach

If the above noted materials are received from a non-household entity such as commercial, industrial, or business generators they are not accepted in the HHW Program.

Other hazardous materials such as lead acid batteries, propane tanks and cannisters, etc. are not funded through the program, but HHW Registered Collectors (formerly known as HHW Brokers) can manage the material based on a fee-for-service basis.


How was the program funded and administered up to and including May 31, 2021?
The HHW Program was funded by three entities:

Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) provided funding for two aspects of the Program: (i) material consolidation from municipalities and Indigenous communities, and transportation to the Swan Hills Treatment Centre (contract administered by ARMA) and (ii) material disposal at the Swan Hills Treatment Centre.

ARMA is contracted by AEP to administer the HHW Registered Collectors (Collectors) program funding. To be eligible for this funding, Collectors register with ARMA and submit claims for the eligible materials in accordance with program requirements.

Alberta Infrastructure subsidized the cost of material disposal at the Swan Hills Treatment Centre.

Municipalities participating in the program funded a significant portion of material collection and often a portion of material transportation.


How will the program be funded and administered as of June 1, 2021?
The Swan Hills Treatment Centre will no longer accept HHW material as of June 1, 2021. The Collectors have identified facilities that can accept HHW for processing and ARMA is working with the Collectors to review and approve these facilities. (HHW requires proper treatment for disposal and therefore must be managed in accordance with applicable waste control regulations.)

AEP will continue to provide funding for the materials consolidation and transportation of material to an approved facility. The cost for disposal of the material at the facility will be assumed by municipalities and Indigenous communities.

Following is an illustration of funding for HHW.


HHW remains a voluntary program. Municipalities and Indigenous communities that choose to participate are responsible for the collection of material and selecting a Collector to deliver the material to an approved processing facility.

Municipalities and Indigenous communities work with the Collectors to determine the contractual arrangements which will reflect the cost for the Collector to provide service and disposal of HHW. A current list of Collectors can be found here link.

Did You Know?

From April 1, 2020 - March 31, 2021, 698,862 kilograms of household hazardous material was safely disposed of and 461,182 aerosol cans were recycled.


At the following link you will find additional information on the
HHW Program as of April 16, 2021