Hartland Depot - Household Hazardous Waste

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) is any waste from your home that you consider to be dangerous or of which you are unsure. It includes any leftover household product that is marked flammable, corrosive, explosive or poison. Common examples are pesticides, varnishes, paints, cleaners, and batteries.

At Hartland Depot, residents of the Capital Regional District can safely dispose many types of common HHW for free.

How to drop-off HHW as a resident

1) HHW must be properly packaged so staff can identify and safely handle the products.

  • Keep HHW in its original container. If the original container is damaged or leaking, place the whole damaged container and product in a second container (of similar material) and transport together.
  • If there is no original packaging and you know what the HHW product is, clearly label the container. If you don’t know what type of HHW you have, you can still bring it to the Hartland Depot, but you must drop it off on the yellow table and speak with a staff member before you leave.
  • Never mix HHW products together.

2) When transporting HHW, ensure it’s in an upright position in the trunk of a car or bed of a truck. If traveling from a Gulf Island, review BC Ferries’ procedure on transporting dangerous goods.

3) When you arrive at Hartland, inform the scale attendant at the gate of what type of HHW you’ll be dropping off. They will direct you where to go and if you’ll need to speak with Hartland Depot staff for additional information.

How to drop-off HHW as a non-profit or commercial hauler

HHW is only accepted from residential sources, in residential quantities, within the capital region. Commercial haulers and non-profits can only bring HHW that originated from residential sources and must fill out a declaration form prior to arriving at the Hartland Depot.

Commercial Waste Haulers

Commercial haulers transporting HHW from residential sources must complete a declaration form, have a license to transport and a manifest for waste amounts greater than as prescribed by the Hazardous Waste Regulation section 46 (1) Table 1. Loads should match the approved application and be from one generator only. Large quantity loads may be rejected. Large quantities are amounts higher than those normally stored by a resident. Haulers must inform the resident that there is no cost for disposal, only hauler charges.

Non-profit Recycling Organizations

Operators of registered non-profit recycling organizations are permitted to deposit HHW that has been received inadvertently through their operations. When completing the declaration form, the organization would be considered the generator.

Other drop-off locations

There are a number of locations in the province where materials such as batteries, paints, solvents, pesticides, gasoline, oil and antifreeze, as well as pharmaceuticals, can be dropped off for free. Search for the specific HHW product on myrecyclopedia.ca to find a list of alternate drop-off locations.

Summer HHW Safety Tips

Spending time outdoors or in the pool this summer? Whether we realize it or not, many of our summertime activities can contribute to landfill fires if we’re not careful. Learn more.

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