Household Hazardous Waste Disposal

What is Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)?

Residents of the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg, the Town of Bridgewater or the Mahone Bay may drop it hazardous waste off at the depot for FREE! The depot is located at 908 Mullock Road, Whynott's Settlement.

The Household Hazardous Waste depot closes from December 1st - April 1st each year due to the low volumes of waste delivered to the depot during winter. If you have hazardous waste to dispose of during these months, please call (902) 543-2991 and arrangements will be made.

 

AEROSOL CANS

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Drop off aerosol cans at the HHW depot for proper handling, please do not place in your blue bag. Aerosol cans may explode on the waste collection truck if compacted. 

 

IDENTIFY HAZARDOUS WASTE - look for these symbols:

FLAMMABLE

FLAMMABLE or ignitable wastes can create fires under certain conditions, are spontaneously combustible or have a flash point less than 140 f.

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CORROSIVE wastes are acids or bases that are capable of corroding metal containers such as storage tanks, drums and barrels.

POISON

POISON or toxic wastes are those containing concentrations of certain substances in excess of regulatory thresholds which are expected to cause injury or illness to human health or the environment.

REACTIVE

REACTIVE wastes can cause explosions, toxic fumes, gasses or vapors when heated, compressed or mixed with water.

 

ACCEPTED ITEMS AT THE HHW DEPOT:

  • ABS solvent cement
  • Chlorine bleach
  • Grease
  • Photo developers
  • Acetone (nail polish)
  • Contact cement
  • Herbicides
  • Pipe joint compound
  • Acid Corrosives
  • Creosote
  • Insecticides
  • Plastic cement
  • Adhesives
  • Diesel fuel
  • Kerosene
  • Plastic wood (aerosol)
  • Aerosol cans
  • Drain opener
  • Large Household batteries
  • Poison
  • Ammonia-based cleaners
  • Driveway sealer
  • Liquid Flammables
  • Reactives
  • Antifreeze
  • Enamels
  • Metal polishes
  • Rechargeable, Lithium and Akaline (non-rechargeable) batteries
  • Autobody fillers
  • Fertilizers
  • Methyl Hydrate
  • Roofing tar/cement
  • Ballasts (PCB free)
  • Fibreglass resin/epoxy
  • Mortar
  • Sealers
  • Battery acid
  • Floor wax
  • Motor oil
  • Shellac
  • Brake fluid
  • Fluorescent tubes
  • Propane cylinders tanks
  • Solid Flammables
  • Butane
  • Foundation coating
  • Paint stripper
  • Stains
  • Camp fuel/igniters
  • Furnace or stove cement
  • Paint thinner
  • Transmission fluid
  • Carpet cleaner/shampoo
  • Gas
  • Paints
  • Turpentine
  • Caulking compound
  • Gas-line antifreeze
  • Pesticides
  • Varsol

UNACCEPTABLE ITEMS:

  • Commercial, Industrical & Institutional - certified haulers listed below.
  • Bio-medical or pharmaceutical - drop off expired medications, used sharps and lancets at your local pharmacy.
  • PCB's, Radioactive Substances or Explosives - Contact the RCMP to arrange disposal of ammunition, fireworks, flares, call (902) 527-5555.
  • Unidentified HHW - all wastes must be identified.
  • HHW from outside District of Lunenburg, Town of Mahone Bay or Town of Bridgewater - contact your Town or Municipality for disposal locations.
 

SAFE SHARPS DISPOSAL

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Syringes, needles and lancets must be placed in a safe sharps container and returned to a local pharmacy. Sharps containers can be picked up FREE OF CHARGE, at any pharmacy or Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA) supply centre. Read about the Safe Sharps Program

The Household Hazardous Waste depot does not accept sharps, effective September 2015. Sharps and blood testing lancets cannot be placed in your garbage bag or blue bag!

 

 

 MEDICATION DISPOSAL

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The provincial Medication Disposal Program allows patients to return medications they no longer need or “dead drugs” to their local community pharmacies for safe disposal. There is no cost to the public to use this service.

Nova Scotia’s Medication Disposal Program is administrated by the Pharmacy Association of Nova Scotia(PANS) and paid for by pharmaceutical companies. Placing medication in the garbage or flushing it down the toilet can be dangerous for children, pets or the environment. 

 

COMMERCIAL HHW WASTE HAULING COMPANIES

Envirosystems, Dartmouth: (902) 481-8008

Terrapure, Bedford: (902) 835-8078

Clean Harbours Environmental Services, Dartmouth: (902) 481-0842

 

COOKING FAT AND GREASE DISPOSAL

Rothsay: (902) 895-2801

BD Rae: (902) 452-8181

 

USED MOTOR OIL

Drop off at the Community Recycling Centre or at an oil retailer. Retailers who sell motor oil must either accept used oil or provide a collection depot within 5 kms of their business. This ensures that all Nova Scotians have a convenient place to deliver their used oil for reprocessing.

 

WET PAINT & STAIN

Drop off at the Community Recycling Centre or an ENVIRO-DEPOT™. 

 

EMERGENCY NUMBERS

Poison Centre: 1-800-565-8161 (IWK Hospital)

Environmental Emergencies: 1-800-565-1633 (Coast Guard)

Emergencies involving transport of dangerous goods - CANUTEC (613) 996-6666

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