How can I reduce my use of hazardous materials?

Whenever possible, use alternatives. For example, vinegar and baking soda are excellent natural alternatives to chemical cleaners.

If you must purchase hazardous products, limit the amount you buy, properly store what you don’t use, and dispose of excess materials appropriately at facilities like Hartland Depot and those listed in

More information on alternatives:

Pollution prevention:

How should I transport my HHW items?

Hazardous product require safe, responsible handling. They should be transported in their original labelled container, sealed and upright.

Use secondary packaging to contain leaky containers. Do not mix wastes.

I live on an island, are there rules about transporting HHW items on BC Ferries?

Visit the BC Ferries website form information regarding transportation of dangerous goods on their sailings.

Why can't I put hazardous materials in the garbage or down the drain?

HHW is dangerous to people, pets and the environment. If hazardous wastes are put in the garbage or poured into the sewer or storm drain, they create environmental and public health hazards. If disposed of incorrectly, toxic materials can harm aquatic life, destroy sensitive ecosystems and pollute recreational sites and water supplies. They may be unsafe for sewage or garbage operators and can damage equipment.