The Regional Municipality of Durham

Public Service Announcement

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

WHITBY, ON April 05, 2016

The Regional Municipality of Durham, Works Department, invites residents to drop off electronic waste (e-waste) and Municipal Hazardous or Special Waste (MHSW), free of charge, at a special upcoming collection event. At this event, residents can also pick up free compost.


Saturday, April 16, from 8 a.m. to noon, rain or shine


Ajax Operations Centre, 800 Salem Rd. N., Ajax


E-waste collection: To provide Durham residents with a convenient, free collection service to properly recycle their electronics, while keeping toxic materials out of the waste stream. Examples of e-waste include: 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 personal information from hard drives and SIM cards before bringing their electronics for recycling.

MHSW collection: By safely disposing of MHSW, residents help prevent toxic materials from entering local ecosystems. Examples of MHSW include: antifreeze; batteries; brake fluid; motor oil and filters; fluorescent light bulbs and tubes; pesticides; herbicides; fertilizers; insecticides; medications; sharps (in a secure, rigid container); pressurized tanks (propane, oxygen, helium or other gases); pool chemicals; paints; stains and solvents. Commercial, institutional, agricultural or industrial waste is not permitted.

Compost giveaway: 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 a shovel and containers to carry compost. Quantities are first-come, first served and limited to four blue boxes of compost per vehicle. Green bins, blue boxes and backyard composters will also be available for purchase (cash only), 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 (please check expiration dates). The first 100 residents who drop off MHSW will receive one free gallon of recycled paint (one per vehicle; first-come, first-served).

For more information, including tips for preparing to attend a collection event, visit To learn more about waste management in Durham, download the Durham Region Waste app.

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For more information, please contact Corporate Communications.