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Household Special Waste (HSW)



The HHW Depot is located behind the Materials Recycling Facility at:

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.








Apr 5


May 3


Jun 7


Apr 12


May 10


Jun 14


Apr 19


May 17


Jun 21


Apr 26


May 24


Jun 28



May 31






Mobile HSW Events

The following events are being held in addition to the permenant HSW Depot operating schedule. Events run 9 am to 4 pm, rain or shine. 

This list will expland as dates are confirmed in other communities.


April 26 - MetroX Park & Ride, Porters Lake

May 3- Mic Mac Mall, Lower Parking Lot

June 14 - Cole Harbour Place


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.




The following household items are not accepted in the garbage.  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)
  • Smoke detectors

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.

Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFL)

At this time in HRM the appropriate disposal method for CFL bulbs for householders is to place them in a sealed plastic bag and place it in the garbage for collection.

There are various types of energy efficient lighting available in the marketplace.  One type of efficient light bulb, the compact fluorescent light bulb or CFL, does have a small amount of mercury - less than would fit on the tip of a pen.

In more recent years, manufacturers of CFL bulbs have been improving the design of CFL bulbs and reducing the amount of mercury they contain.  Canada’s lighting standards permit several mercury-free lighting options to be available to Canadians.  Efficient bulbs use far less electricity than traditional bulbs.  By decreasing electricity powered from fossil fuels, efficient lighting also reduces greenhouse gas emissions and the mercury levels from power production.

For more information on the energy efficiency program and phase out of incandescent bulbs, NRCAN has posted a list of FAQs on their website.

NS Environment oversees regulation of material such as CFL bulbs.  NS Environment are working towards making industry, the manufacturers responsible for producing new products, packaging and bringing it into the marketplace, to be responsible for managing the disposal of their products (as has been done for TV's, computers and paint) by operating and funding a recycling recovery program. Material bans and Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) programs are facilitated by provincial legislation.


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.


Used Oil Recovery Program

  • Contact your oil retailer for the location of a used oil drop-off site near you.

Electronics are not accepted at the HSW Depot


  • The following electronic devices are not accepted in the regular garbage or at the HHW 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.
  • There is NO FEE to drop these items off for recycling.

Special Notes