Household Hazardous Waste
Hours of Operation
Hours of Operation for the Recycling Center - Monday to Friday - 8 am to 5 pm ( this does not include the Household Hazardous Waste Depot)
Hours of Operation for the Household Hazardous Waste Depot - Wednesday to Saturday - 8am to 6 pm.
Residents are requested to deliver waste quantities of no greater than 60 liters of waste at any one time. Greater quantities can be rejected at the discretion of staff.
The City accepts only small quantities of household type material from businesses.
For further information please contact the Wasteline at 705-474-0400 ext.2333.
What is Household Hazardous Waste
Household Hazardous Wastes (HHW) are commercial products found in every home. In fact, the average home uses between 10-40 kg of hazardous products each year.
How do these chemicals get into our environment
These chemicals are used in simple applications and seep into the ground. For example:
- Lawn care and gardens
- Waste from garbage cans and landfills
- Runoff from sprinklers and hoses into storm drains and sewers.
- Flushed down toilets and sinks
It doesn't matter how...sooner or later they'll end up in our environment.
Residents should take their HHW products to the HAZARDOUS WASTE DEPOT, FREE OF CHARGE.
Tips for Safe Use of Hazardous Products
If you must use hazardous products, keep the following tips in mind:
- Buy only what you need and give away what you do not use
- Share seldom used products.
- Buy alternative products that are less hazardous.
- Never mix products together.
- Use only recommended amounts (more is not better).
- Choose products with child-resistant caps.
- Safely store all hazardous materials out of reach of children and pets.
- Use products in a well ventilated area.
- Never pour HHW in the storm sewer or into the ground - it leads to Lake Nipissing and ground water
Paint Re-Use Program
The Paint Re-Use Program is a waste reduction - re-use program located at the HHW Depot. Good quality household products can be picked up by residents free of charge. This includes products such as paint, stains, and varnishes.
Alternatives to Household Hazardous Waste
5 basic ingredients for alternative household products:
- Baking Soda is inexpensive to buy, and it cleans, deodorizes and softens water.
- Pure Soap biodegrades (decomposes naturally) safely and completely.
- White Vinegar helps remove grease and grime and deodorizes as well.
- Borax cleans, disinfects and also helps to soften water.
- Washing Soda cuts grease, disinfects and removes stains.
Preparing HHW For Safe & Easy Transport
- All materials should be left in the original container to allow easy identification of the contents.
- Wastes should be sealed, labeled and not mixed.
- Bring all hazardous waste in a cardboard box or rigid container.
- Collect household batteries in a small bag, plastic container or coffee can.
Bio Medical Waste (Needles)
How to Safely Transport and Depose of Your bio medial waste:
- Put all Needles/Biomedical Waste into a rigid container.
- Screw on the lid and tape the lid securely onto the container.
- Write, "SHARPS," in big block letters on the container.
- Bring your sharps container to any pharmacy and pick up a new empty container. This is a free service to all residents.
The following are examples of Household Hazardous Waste that should be taken to the HHW Depot
- Aerosol cans
- Asphalt tar
- Automatic transmission fluid
- Batteries/Battery acid
- Brake fluid
- Bug & tar removers
- Car wax & polish
- Drain cleaner
- Engine flushes
- Flea collars
- Floor Strippers & Polishes
- Furniture Strippers & Polishes
- Heating oil
- Household cleansers
- Jewelry cleaner
- Laundry stain remover
- Lighter fluid
- Lye or caustic soda
- Metal polish
- Motor oil & waste oils
- Nail polish
- Oil filters
- Oven cleaner
- Paint & brush cleaner
- Paint & lacquer thinners
- Paint & varnish
- Photo chemicals
- Propane tanks (big & small)
- Radiator flushes
- Rock salt
- Roofing tar
- Solvents Spot remover/Cleaning fluid
- Swimming pool chlorine
- Varnish Wood Preservative
Recycling Blue Boxes are $5.00 each at the Household Hazardous Waste Depot.
If your Blue Box is cracked or broken, you can bring it to the Household Hazardous Waste Depot and purchase a new one.
- Household Electronics
- Scrap Metal
Not accepted at the HHW Depot
- Pathological Waste
- Unidentified Products
- Radioactive Waste
Orange Drop is an industry-funded recycling program aimed at keeping hazardous and special waste materials out of Ontario's landfills and waterways. The Orange Drop Program allows Ontarians to return designated materials to local Municipal HHW Depots, retail sites and collection events across Ontario. Visit the Orange Drop website.
Household Hazardous Waste Depot
Leftover paints, old batteries, medicines and motor oil are all part of a long list of items classified as household hazardous wastes. If not disposed of properly, they can be harmful to not only the environment, but to human health as well. Disposing of hazardous waste by pouring it down the drain may corrode plumbing, poison septic tanks, destroy sewage treatment organisms, release toxic fumes and contaminate surface and groundwater.
Residents of North Bay and surrounding townships can take these items to the Household Hazardous Waste Depot located next to the Recycling Center at 112 Patton St., free of charge.
The City is part of Stewardship Ontario’s Orange Drop Program. This is a recycling program aimed at keeping hazardous waste out of Ontario’s landfills and waterways. The Orange Drop program ensured that the materials you drop off are recycled or otherwise disposed of in a safe and environmentally friendly matter. Since this program is industry funded, it means you do not pay the costs in your property taxes, and your participation helps keep toxic items out of the landfill.
Safe Disposal of Used Needles
Needles/syringes used for injection at home will be accepted for disposal at the Household Hazardous Waste Depot. Place needles/syringes inside a proper “sharps” container (yellow in colour). If you do not have access to one of these containers, please place needles in a sturdy plastic container with a lid (tapped shut), and label it as “sharps”. Please do not place needles/syringes in bags or in your garbage can. Doing so is a safety hazard for our collection staff. Needles in bags will be rejected at the Hazardous Waste Depot.
You can also return sharps for free at a local pharmacy.
Safe Disposal of Unused or Expired Medication
Old medicine may not work and could even harm you. Old/unused medicine must be disposed of safely. This includes all prescription and non-prescription medications, vitamins and herbal products.
Do not throw these products in the garbage; children or animals may get into it. They should not be flushed down the toilet or dumped down a drain as this will contaminate the environment.
Expired or unused medications are accepted at the Household Hazardous Waste Depot. You can also return medications for free at a local pharmacy.
Business Customers – Hazardous Waste
Please note that the City of North Bay is licensed to accept only small amounts of household hazardous waste from businesses, institutions or the industrial sector at the Household Hazardous Waste Dept. Businesses should contact Waste Management before delivering materials.
The Household Hazardous Waste Depot does not accept radioactive waste, PCBs, biological waste, or any items with refrigerants (dehumidifiers, air conditioners, water coolers, fridges, and freezers).
The City accepts items with refrigerants at the Merrick Landfill. There are fees attached to these items.
For more information on where to bring specific items, visit the "What Goes Where?" page.
For general inquiries, please contact the Wasteline or Waste Management for more information.