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Public Service Announcement

Durham reminds residents to safely dispose of Municipal Hazardous or Special Waste

WHITBY, ON November 09, 2016

The Regional Municipality of Durham, Works Department is reminding residents to ensure Municipal Hazardous or Special Waste (MHSW) is disposed of safely.


MHSW includes everyday household products that are corrosive, poisonous, toxic or flammable. Examples of MHSW include (but are not limited to):

All aerosol containers (such as furniture polish, hairspray, etc.)

  • Antifreeze and its container
  • Cooking oil
  • Fertilizers and their containers
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Flammable material such as camping fuel, kerosene, gasoline, cigarette lighters, driveway sealer, etc.
  • Fluorescent light bulbs and tubes; Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFL)
  • Household cleaners (toilet bowl cleaner, bleach, detergents, etc.)
  • Oil, oil filters and automotive fluid containers up to 25 litres
  • Fungicides, herbicides, insecticides and their containers
  • Pharmaceuticals (prescription and non-prescription), syringes and needles
  • Paint, coating, paint thinner, varnish, stain and shellac
  • Pool and spa chemicals
  • Propane tanks and other pressurized containers
  • Solvents (such as paint thinner, paint stripper, and nail polish remover)
  • Thermostats or any switches containing mercury


Municipal Hazardous or Special Waste should be dropped off at a Waste Management Facility for safe disposal, free of charge (when delivered separately from other waste). Find one near you at There are also free collection events throughout the year; learn more at MHSW is not accepted in any of the Region’s curbside collection programs; please do not put them in the garbage or blue box.


Residents can also use Stewardship Ontario’s Orange Drop website ( to find local locations to drop off MHSW.


The Region of Durham strongly encourages the diversion of MHSW by providing convenient locations for drop off. By disposing of these materials properly and not putting them in the garbage or pouring them down drains and sewers, you are helping to protect the environment. Many of the materials collected are reprocessed, refurbished or reused to make new products.


Learn more at, or download the Durham Region Waste app.

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For more information, please contact Corporate Communications.