Paint and Household Hazardous Waste
The Grimshaw, Manning/North Star, Weberville and Dixonville Transfer Stations are permanent collections sites.
Unused household products that contain corrosive, toxic, flammable, or reactive ingredients are considered to be “household hazardous waste” (HHW). Leftovers of products, such as cleaners, oils and pesticides that contain potentially hazardous ingredients require special handling when you dispose of them. Improper disposal, such as pouring down the sink, pouring in the storm sewer. burning, throwing in the landfill or putting in the trash can ultimately lead to contamination of our water, air and land, and can be a threat to human health.
HOW DO I KNOW IF IT’S HAZARDOUS?
A household hazardous product has a least one of the following properties: It is
Look for symbols printed on the packaging.
Keep materials in their original containers: if cracked or broken, place the container in a leak-proof package and label it. Jars or cans of unidentified/unknown chemicals should be taken to a collection site and staff advised. Any container printed with product warning symbols or precautions about use of the product or instructions on disposal of the container should be included.
There are recycling options for some hazardous wastes such as used oil, lead-acid batteries, ni-cad batteries and propane tanks. Check with the transfer station operator.
Items collected are sorted, packed and labeled by qualified personnel, then some of the items taken to Swan Hills Treatment Centre for safe treatment and disposal.
Some of the items brought to household hazardous waste collection sites:
Abrasive cleaners Kerosene
Acetone Laundry starch
Aerosol paints and sprays Laundry stain removers
Air fresheners (aerosol) Lighter fluid
All purpose cleaners Liquid cleansers
Ant/wasp spray Mildew removers
Antifreeze Muriatic acid
Auto body filler Nail polish & remover
Barbeque starters Oven cleaners
Bleach Paint thinners and strippers
Brake and transmission fluid Paints
Butane refills Photographic chemicals
Carbon tetrachloride Propane gas cylinders
Car (lead-acid) batteris Rechargeable Batteries
Car waxes and polishes Rubbing alcohol
Contact cement Rug and upholstery cleaners
Degreasers Rust removers
Disinfectants Septic tank degreaser
Drain cleaners Shoe polish
Fabric softeners Silver and brass polish
Floor wax strippers Turpentine, varnish, lacquers
Fungicides Spot removers
Furniture polishes and waxes Spa and pool chemicals
Gasoline Toilet cleaners
Glass cleaners Tub and tile cleaners
Glues Used oil
Hair-coloring Weed killers
Hair-perm solutions Windshield washer solution
Hair-sprays (aerosol) Wood preservatives