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Household Special Waste (HSW)

The HSW Depot is located behind the Materials Recycling Facility

20 Horseshoe Lake Drive

Bayer's Lake Business Park, Halifax

Recycling Facility Map

Operating Schedule

  • Material can only be dropped between 9:00 am - 4:00 pm during the following Saturdays.
May 7
June 4
July 2
May 14
June 11
July 9
May 21
June 18
July 16
May 28
June 25
July 23
    July 30

Mercury Containing Products - Efficiency NS

Efficiency NS has launched a take-back program for products that contain mercury, including CFL and flourescent bulbs, thermostats, household thermometers and button cell batteries. For full details, including drop-off locations visit

Dan-X Recycling (64 Trider Cres, Burnside) also accepts CFL and fluorescent bulbs from residents and businesses for a nominal fee. If that program is not an option for you, residents may also place CFL bulbs in a sealed plastic bag in the garbage for collection.

Safe Sharps Bring Back Program

Needles and lancets are not acceptable for disposal in the garbage. For more info, call RRFB Nova Scotia (1-877-313-7732) or your local pharmacy.
  • Pick up a free Safe Sharps container at your local pharmacy.
  • Place your used syringes, needles and lancets into the Safe Sharps container.
  • When the container is almost full, seal the lid and return to your local pharmacy.
  • See the Safe Sharps Brochure for more detail.

Mobile HSW Events

Set up curbside collection reminders to also be notified of mobile events.

Saturday, May 14
Halifax Transit Terminal
7 Walker Avenue, Lower Sackville

Saturday, May 28
Halifax Transit Park & Ride (Exit 20 off Hwy 107)
21 Inspiration Drive, Porters Lake

Saturday, June 11
Mic Mac Mall, Lower Parking Lot

Saturday, August 20
Cole Harbour Place, Back Parking Lot

Saturday, September 17
George P Vanier School, Fall River

Saturday, October 17
Mic Mac Mall Lower Parking Lot

The depot will operate from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. The permenant depot on Horseshoe Lake Drive will also be open these dates.

Who can take material to the HSW depot?

  • Residential householders of HRM only.  No business/commercial waste.

  • Businesses must contact a private hazardous materials handling company for disposal.

Eligible residents may take these items to the HSW Depot:

  • Batteries (Please see info below)
  • Leftover liquid paint or Paint Recycling Program
  • Leftover corrosive cleaners
  • Pesticides/herbicides
  • Gasoline
  • Fuel oil & used motor oil
  • Solvents & thinners
  • Pharmaceuticals & drugs (or return to pharmacy)
  • Aerosol cans containing hazardous substances
  • BBQ propane tanks
  • Small propane cylinders (ie for camp stoves and propane torches)
  • Compact Fluorescent Bulbs (CFL bulbs)
  • Residential fire extinguishers

Electronics are not accepted at the HSW Depot

  • The following electronic devices are not accepted in the regular garbage or at the HSW depot.

    • Computers (including CPUs, laptops and notebooks)
    • Monitors, Printers
    • Televisions
    • Audio and video playback and recording systems:
      • personal/portable audio/video systems, radios, speakers, CD players, MP3 players, stereos
      • digital cameras, video cameras and camcorders
      • VCR's, DVD players
      • clock radios
      • car stereo systems
      • home theatre in a box
    • Telephones (corded and cordless)
    • Fax and answering machines
    • Computer Scanners
    • Cell Phones and other wireless devices

  • To locate the nearest drop off centre visit or call 1-877-462-8907.
  • Computers for Schools - Computers in working condition only. Please call ahead to confirm.
  • There is NO FEE to drop these items off for recycling.

Battery Recycling Program

Resident can now take ALL BATTERIES to a Call2Recycle drop-off location for disposal. This includes rechargeable and single-use batteries (under 5kg) as well as used cell phones.

Visit to find the nearest drop-off site.

Paint Recycling Program

  • Leftover paint can be taken to any ENVIRO-DEPOT™ in HRM free of charge.  Check here for details on Nova Scotia's Paint Recycling Program or call 1-888-772-9772.
  • If you have small amounts of liquid paint, open the lid to air dry; or mix with sand or 'kitty litter', then place with regular garbage for disposal. Place empty paint cans in the garbage.
    • Dry or empty paint cans, brushes and rollers are not considered hazardous material and should not be brought to the HHW depot or ENVIRO-DEPOT™. Dispose of these with your regular garbage.

Used Oil Recovery Program

  • Residents can contact their oil retailer for used oil drop-off. Retail locations that sell oil must provide drop-off options.

Propane Tanks (large BBQ size)

  • May be returned to locations who offer tank exchange.

Special Notes