The Regional Municipality of Durham

Public Service Announcement

Durham Region to hold hazardous and electronic waste collection event in Oshawa

WHITBY, ON September 16, 2015

The Regional Municipality of Durham, Works Department invites residents to drop off Municipal Hazardous or Special Waste (MHSW) and Waste Electrical and Electronics Equipment (WEEE) free of charge at a special upcoming collection event.


Saturday, Sept. 26, from 8 a.m. to noon, rain or shine


Lakeview Park parking lot, Kluane Avenue, Oshawa


MHSW collection: By safely disposing of MHSW, residents help prevent toxic materials from entering local ecosystems. Examples of MHSW include: antifreeze; single-use and rechargeable 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.

WEEE collection: To provide Durham residents with a convenient free event to properly recycle their electronics, while keeping toxic materials out of the waste stream. 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 hard drives and SIM cards in order to delete personal information before bringing their electronics for recycling.


Through the Region’s Mercury Recovery program, residents will be given one free digital thermometer in exchange for old mercury-containing devices such as thermometers, thermostats, barometers, hydrometers and blood-pressure monitors. Only household items will be accepted for exchange and a limit of one thermometer per day, per vehicle applies.

Residents who drop off MHSW at this event can also pick up a free gallon of recycled paint (one per vehicle). Quantities are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Residents are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item, to be donated to a local food bank. Please remember to check the expiration dates on food items donated. For more information, including tips for preparing to attend a collection event, visit

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For more information, please contact Corporate Communications.