The Regional Municipality of Durham

Public Service Announcement

Drop off electronic and hazardous waste; pick up free compost in Ajax

WHITBY, ON April 01, 2014 – The Regional Municipality of Durham, Works Department invites residents to drop off household hazardous waste (HHW) and electronic waste (e-waste) at a special upcoming collection event. At this event, residents can also pick up free compost.


Saturday, April 12 from 8 a.m. to noon.


Ajax Operations Centre, 800 Salem Rd. N.


E-waste collection: To provide Durham residents with a convenient free collection service to properly recycle their electronics, while keeping toxic materials out of landfill. Acceptable items include, but are not limited to: cellular phones, audio and video players, VCRs and DVD players, stereos and receivers, computer peripherals, printing devices, televisions, personal digital assistants and pagers, cameras and radios, telephones, desktop computers, monitors, camcorders and portable computers. Residents are reminded to erase their hard drives in order to delete sensitive or personal information before bringing their computers for recycling.

Household hazardous waste collection: By safely disposing of HHW, residents help protect the environment by preventing toxic materials from entering local ecosystems. Examples of HHW include: antifreeze; single-use and rechargeable batteries; brake fluid; motor oil and filters; fluorescent light bulbs and tubes; pesticides; herbicides; insecticides; old prescription and over-the-counter medications; sharps (in a secure, rigid container); propane tanks; pool chemicals; paints; and solvents. Residents are asked to use non-returnable containers only. Commercial, institutional, agricultural or industrial waste is not permitted. Residents can also pick up a can of free recycled paint, and those who drop off mercury-containing devices (such as thermometers, thermostats, barometers, hydrometers and blood-pressure monitors) will receive one free digital thermometer.

Compost give away: To provide residents with free compost made using organics collected through the Region’s curbside Green Bin and leaf and yard waste programs. Residents should bring their own shovel and containers to carry the compost. Quantities are limited to four blue boxes of compost per vehicle. Green bins, blue boxes and backyard composters will also be available for purchase, and broken bins can be exchanged for free.


Residents are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item, to be donated to a local food bank. For more information on this and other waste management events, visit


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For more information, please contact Corporate Communications.