The Regional Municipality of Durham

Public Service Announcement

Protect the environment! Dispose of hazardous waste safely

WHITBY, ON May 13, 2015

Spring cleaning? The Regional Municipality of Durham, Works Department is reminding residents to keep Municipal Hazardous and Special Waste (MHSW) out of curbside waste. Paint, pesticides, oil containers, pool chemicals and many other household items are classified as MHSW, and can cause serious environmental damage if not disposed of properly.

Many products classified as Municipal Hazardous and Special Waste have a warning on the label such as: DANGER, FLAMMABLE, POISON, TOXIC, CORROSIVE. If you are unsure how to properly dispose of an item, use the Region’s convenient Know Before You Throw tool at

The Region of Durham is devoted to diverting hazardous or special waste from landfills and waterways. Residents are asked not to put MHSW in the regular garbage or blue box, and not to pour them down drains or catch basins.

Residents can dispose of MHSW for free at any of Durham’s Waste Management Facilities during regular hours of operation. To learn more about MHSW and how to properly dispose of it, visit

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For more information, please contact Corporate Communications.