Is Your Hazardous Waste Going to the Right Place?
Household Hazardous and Special Waste (HHSW) materials are substances which may be harmful to people, animals and the environment if disposed of improperly. HHSW materials are not to be placed in the garbage or poured down the drain.
The average Canadian household generates 20 - 40 litres of hazardous products each year. Knowing which products are hazardous can help you protect yourself, your family and the environment. An easy way to identify most HHSW is by looking at the label on the container for danger symbols. But beware, not all products carry these signs.
Household Hazardous and Special Waste includes but is not limited to products such as:
Paints and Solvents
Improper disposal of HHSW in the garbage, drains, sewers or backyards is not only hazardous to public health but can also contaminate our water supply and other natural resources. These hazardous products contain toxic ingredients and should be used and disposed of with caution.
Each year the Bruce County Highways Department organizes events throughout the County for the collection of Household Hazardous and Special Waste materials from residents. It's an opportunity to clean out your basement, garage and storage shed to remove all unwanted hazardous products.
Hazardous materials require special handling when receiving, packaging, transporting and storing the materials and must also comply with all regulations governed by Ontario Regulation 347, Environmental Protection Act and the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act. All wastes are transported to a facility for treatment and subsequent recycling or safe disposal.
What can you do to reduce hazardous waste?
o Learn more about the chemicals in your home environment
o Avoid hazardous products by using environmentally friendly alternatives
o Follow the 3R's - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
o Buy only the amount you need and trade or give away what's left
o Safely store your waste and bring it to a Household Hazardous & Special Waste collection event
The County of Bruce collects materials for safe recycling and disposal of HHSW materials free of charge for residents of Bruce County. Commercial, Agricultural, Industrial wastes, PCB's or Radioactive wastes and containers with a volume greater than 30 litres are NOT accepted at the Bruce County collection events.
For more information regarding the annual Bruce County Household Hazardous & Special Waste collection program, please contact the Bruce County Highways Department at 519-881-2400 or 1-877-681-1291 ext.4 or visit their website at http://www.brucecounty.on.ca/waste-management.php