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Household Hazardous Waste

Hazardous waste drop off area IS NOW OPEN (see list below).

The following household hazardous waste items are accepted at the Oxford Mills Waste Transfer Station:

  • oil and oil jugs
  • paint and paint related products
  • antifreeze
  • batteries
  • propane tanks

make the drop

The Orange Drop Program is a free, safe, easy way to dispose of household products that require special handling. Fully funded by industry, this network of collection sites accepts nine materials.

All of these above products must be in their original containers and disposed of safely and separately from our regular household garbage.

Household hazardous waste should not be thrown in the garbage or poured down sewers and drains. Instead, bring your leftovers to the Oxford Mills Waste Transfer Station and we can ensure that they are recycled, reprocessed or safely disposed of. Examples of products made from recycled materials include recycled paint, antifreeze, micronutrient fertilizer, plastics, and rebar.

With the help of residents across Ontario, household hazardous waste programs in the province diverted tens of millions of kilograms of hazardous waste from our landfills and waterways in 2010, making our province a healthier, cleaner and better place to live.

Household hazardous waste poses many health and safety risks. Improper disposal may lead to serious and lasting health risks and/or environmental damage. The household hazardous waste program ensures that all materials collected are safely managed to end-of-life, diverting harmful substances from landfill, waterways and forests. In addition, many of these items contain materials that can be recovered, refined and reused in the manufacturing of new products, thereby reducing the need for virgin resources.

United Counties Hazardous Waste Days

The United Counties of Leeds & Grenville hosts two Household Hazardous Waste days each year in conjunction with Stewardship Ontario and the Orange Drop program. Details on the dates, locations and accepted items can be found on the United Counties website.

Compact Fluorescent Lamp (CFL) Bulbs

CFLs, fluorescent bulbs and other bulbs that contain mercury should not be thrown into regular household garbages. Please take them to one of the United Counties Household Hazardous Waste days for proper disposal. Alternatively, they can be taken to the following locations in Ottawa for disposal: Ikea (2685 Iris St), Lowe’s (340 West Hunt Club Rd), RONA (585 West Hunt Club Rd).

Safe Disposal of Medicines and Used Needles

Canada's Health Products Stewardship Association has made it possible for Ontarians to return unused or expired medications and sharps, free of charge, to many pharmacies in our community. For a list of collection locations near you, visit This includes unused and expired medicines and syringes.

*Do not dispose of syringes in your curbside garbage or recycling box containers. Bring them back to the pharmacy in the approved container.

Public Works Contacts

  • Dunlop, Karen

    Director Public Works

    613-258-9569 ext 132

  • Fequet, Cheryl

    Public Works Clerk

    613-258-9569 ext 133

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