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. 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 Household Hazardous Waste Depot is open Wednesday to Saturday from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m., year round.
There are limits to how much waste residents can bring per trip. Please, do not bring more than 60 litres of waster at any one time. Greater quantities can be rejected at the discretion of staff.
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 ensures 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.
For general inquiries, please contact the Wasteline or Waste Management 705-474-0400, ext. 2333.
The following products are examples of Household Hazardous Waste that should be taken to the HHW Depot:
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 Garbage Information page.
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.
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.
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.
The Paint Re-Use Program is a waste reduction program located at the Household Hazardous Waste Depot. Good quality household product such as paint, stains, varnishes and cleaners can be picked up by residents, free of charge.
These chemicals are used in simple applications and seep into the ground. For example:
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.
If you must use hazardous products, keep the following tips in mind:
5 basic ingredients for alternative household products:
How to Safely Transport and Dispose of your bio medical waste:
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.
The Electronic Drop-Off Depot is open Wednesday to Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Residents can drop off household electronics such as laptops, desktops, keyboards, monitors, TVs, projectors, radios, speakers, VCRs, DVD players, telephones (landline and cell phones), mp3 players, etc. free of charge. Businesses are asked to contact waste management at 705-474-0400 ext: 5221 before bringing electronics to the Depot.
Items with refrigerant are bannedfrom 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.
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.