Hazardous Waste Depot
Residents of North Bay and surrounding area are encouraged to bring their household hazardous waste to the Household Hazardous Waste Depot located next to the Recycling Center at 112 Patton Street, FREE OF CHARGE!
The average household uses between 10-40kg of hazardous products each year. Cleaners, leftover paints, old batteries, medicines and motor oil are part of a long list of items classified as household hazardous wastes. If not disposed of properly, they can be harmful to the environment, as well as human health. Never dispose of hazardous waste by pouring it down the drain! This may corrode plumbing, poison septic tanks, release toxic fumes and contaminate surface and ground water.
For additional information, please contact the Wasteline at 705-474-0400 ext. 2333.
Hours of Operation
The Household Hazardous Waste Depot is open Wednesday to Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., year round.
There are limits to how much waste residents can bring per trip. DO NOT BRING MORE THAN 60 LITERS OF WASTE AT ANY ONE TIME. Greater quantities can be rejected at the discretion of staff.
The following products 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
- Cooking oil
- Drain cleaner
- Engine flushes
- Flea collars
- Floor/furniture strippers & polishes
- Household cleansers
- Jewelry cleaner
- Lighter fluid
- Light bulbs (CFLs) and tubes
- Lye or caustic soda
- Motor oil & waste oils
- Nail polish
- Oil filters
- Oven cleaner
- Paint thinners
- Pool chemicals
- Propane tanks (big & small)
- Roofing tar
- Spot remover
- Wood Preservative
Items with refrigerants (AC units, dehumidifiers, water coolers, fridges, and freezers), PCBs, radioactive waste, biological/pathological waste, explosives and unidentified products are banned from the Household Hazardous Waste Depot.
For a complete list of accepted and banned items, view the What Goes Where page.
Disposal of Sharps and Medication
Not sure what to do with your pharmaceuticals or sharps? Visit your local pharmacy to return medication/prescription drugs and sharps, FREE OF CHARGE.
You can also bring your pharmaceuticals and sharps to the Household Hazardous Waste Depot for proper disposal. If you do not have access to an approved sharps container, please put sharps in a rigid plastic container, tape the lid shut, and properly label SHARPS on the bottle.
NOTE: Pharmacies will not accept sharps that are not in an approved sharps container. You can pick up an approved container at your local pharmacy, free of charge.
Visit the Pharmaceutical and Sharps Waste page for additional information.
Preparing Hazardous Waste for Safe and Easy Transport
- DO NOT MIX CHEMICALS TOGETHER.
- All material should be left in the original container for easy identification.
- If the waste is not in its original container, it should be sealed and labeled.
- Bring all hazardous waste in a cardboard box of rigid container.
- Collect household batteries in a small bag, plastic container, or coffee can.
- Do not mix bulbs and batteries; batteries may cause bulbs to break, leading to mercury exposure and increase the risk of injury due to the broken glass.
- Place sharps in an approved container. If you do not have access to an approved sharps container, please put sharps in a rigid plastic container, tape the lid shut, and properly label SHARPS on the bottle.
- Load your vehicle just before leaving to minimize fumes.
You can purchase a new blue box at the Household Hazardous Waste Depot for $5.00. Broken/cracked blue boxes can be brought to the Depot to be recycled. The Household Hazardous Waste Depot is also home to the Organic and Electronic Drop-Off Depots.
Organic Drop-Off Depot
The Organic Drop-Off Depot is open Monday to Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. from April to November. Residents can drop off flower clippings, grass clippings, and leaf waste at the Organic Drop-Off Depot, free of charge.
Businesses are subject to fees.
Brush, milled wood, plastic bags and garbage are banned from the Organic Drop-Off Depot.
Electronic Drop-Off Depot
The Electronic Drop-Off Depot is open Wednesday to Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Residents can drop off electronics such as laptops, desktops, keyboards, monitors, TVs, projectors, radios, speakers, VCRs, DVD players, telephones (landline and cell phones), mp3 players, etc. at the Electronic Drop-Off Depot, free of charge. Businesses are asked to contact waste management at 705-474-0400 ext: 2331 before bringing electronics to the Depot.
Items with refrigerant are banned from the Electronic Drop-Off Depot. These items include refrigerators, freezers, AC units, dehumidifiers and water coolers.
The city accepts items with refrigerants at the Merrick Landfill. There are fees attached to these items.
Residents can also drop-off scrap metal in the metal bin located at the Household Hazardous Waste Depot. This includes microwaves, metal frames, pipes, old pots and pans, BBQs, etc. Items with refrigerant are banned from the metal bin as well.
Paint Re-Use Program
The Paint Re-Use Program is a waste reduction program located at the Household Hazardous Waste Depot. Good quality household products such as paint, stains, varnishes and cleaners can be picked up by residents, free of charge.
Business Customers – Hazardous Waste and Electronics
The City of North Bay is licensed to accept small amounts of household hazardous waste from businesses and institutions at the Household Hazardous Waste Depot.
Businesses are asked to contact Waste Management at 705-474-0400 ext: 2331 before delivering materials.
The City is part of Stewardship Ontario’s Orange Drop Program. This is an industry-funded recycling program aimed at keeping hazardous and special waste material out of Ontario’s landfills and waterways. The Orange Drop Program allows Ontarians to return these materials to local Household Hazardous Waste Depots, retail sites, and collection events across Ontario. Visit the Orange Drop website for more information.
Tips To Use Hazardous Products Safely
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 will eventually reach and contaminate Lake Nipissing and surrounding groundwater.
For additional 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.