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Household Hazardous Waste

Where it Goes

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection is administered by municipalities. To find up-to-date information about collection sites and events and the types of HHW accepted, please contact your municipality.

How it Works

HHW is waste material generated from our homes that poses a risk to health, safety, or the environment. This includes flammable, combustible, corrosive, and toxic products. Properly disposing of HHW products ensures the safety of Nova Scotians now and for generations to come.

Examples of accepted HHW items may include*:

  • Batteries of all types
  • Leftover corrosive cleaners
  • Pesticides/herbicides
  • Gasoline
  • Fuel oil
  • Solvents and thinners
  • Pharmaceuticals and drugs
  • Aerosol cans containing hazardous substances
  • BBQ propane tanks
  • Small propane cylinders (e.g. camp fuel)
  • Motor oil (or contact your oil retailer for a used drop-off site near you)

*Waste from businesses is not permitted.

Leftover paint can be recycled through the industry-led program administered by ReGeneration. Click here to find the paint collection sites near you, the types of paint accepted, and recycling fees charged at the time of purchase.

Still not finding what you’re looking for? Find out what programs are offered in your municipality.

Find out more about waste sorting in your neighbourhood.

Click the link below to see your local sorting guidelines.

Sorting Guides