Alberta's Household Hazardous Waste Program
Unused household products containing corrosive, toxic, flammable, or reactive ingredients are considered "household hazardous waste" ('HHW'). Remains of products such as cleaners, oils and pesticides that contain potentially hazardous ingredients require special handling for disposal. Improper disposal, such as pouring down the sink, pouring in the storm sewer, burning, throwing in the landfill or putting it out in the trash can ultimately lead to contamination of our water, air and land, and can be a threat to human health.
How Do I Know It's Hazardous?
A household hazardous product has at least one of the following properties:
For a detailed list of household hazardous wastes commonly brought to HHW roundups or collection sites.
If you would like to schedule an HHW Roundup or year round collection of HHW, please contact an HHW broker.
Did You Know?
From April 1, 2019 - March 31, 2020, 762,870 kilograms of household hazardous material was safely disposed of at an approved facility and 367,041 aerosol cans were recycled.
The current program
The HHW collection program is coordinated through Alberta Environment & Parks and administered by Alberta Recycling. There are several permanent collection sites across Alberta as well as roundups arranged annually by municipalities to safely dispose of hazardous household products. Materials collected at municipal roundups are safely transported and disposed of at approved facilities in Alberta. Please check with your municipal office to find out if they accept HHW on a year round basis or if they will be holding a roundup.