Household Special Waste

The household special waste (HSW) drop-off depot accepts chemical waste generated in your home. Businesses must contact a private hazardous materials handling company for disposal. Business waste is not accepted at the HSW facility. 

20 Horseshoe Lake Drive, Bayer's Lake Business Park, Halifax

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Mobile community events 2023

Mobile community events take place across the municipality during the months of April to October. Dates and locations will be posted as confirmed. 

Permanent Household Special Waste Depot Schedule

The depot is open on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. as follows:


December 3 – OPEN
December 10 – OPEN
December 17 – OPEN
December 24 – CLOSED
December 31 - CLOSED


January 7 - OPEN
January 14 - OPEN
January 21 - OPEN
January 28 – OPEN


February 4 - OPEN
February 11 - OPEN
February 18 - CLOSED
February 25 – OPEN


March 4 – OPEN
March 11 – OPEN
March 18 - OPEN
March 25 – OPEN

What can I drop-off at the HSW depot?

The following household special waste items can be processed at the HSW depot: 

  • batteries (or check Call2Recycle to find another location to return batteries)
  • leftover paint and empty paint cans (or Paint Recycling Program)
  • corrosive cleaners
  • pesticides and herbicides
  • gasoline 
  • used motor oil (or find a collection site with Atlantic Used Oil Management Association)
  • solvents and thinners
  • medications (or return to pharmacy)
  • aerosol cans containing hazardous substances
  • BBQ propane tanks (or return to tank exchange)
  • small propane cylinders (i.e. for camp stoves and propane torches)
  • CFL and fluorescent bulbs  
  • residential fire extinguishers (empty fire extinguishers up to 5 lb may be placed in the garbage)

Electronics and sharps are not accepted at the HSW depot.

Empty paint cans

Dry or empty paint cans are now accepted for recycling at the HSW drop-off depot/events or Paint Recycling Program drop-off locations.  Brushes, and rollers should go in your regular garbage. 

Products containing mercury

The following are products that contain mercury:

  • CFL and fluorescent bulbs
  • thermostats
  • household thermometers 
  • button cell batteries

Light tubes and bulbs containing mercury are not accepted for disposal at the Otter Lake Facility.

Dan-X Recycling (64 Trider Cres, Burnside) also accepts CFL and fluorescent bulbs from residents and businesses. Inquire with Dan-X Recycling for the costs associated with these services. 

Safe Storage of Household Special Waste

Health Canada offers the following advise for safe storage of household chemicals: 

  • Store in original containers and according to instructions.
  • Keep all safety information.
  • Keep out of sight and out of reach of children and pets.
  • Store paints, solvents, gasoline, fuels, varnishes and other products that may release harmful fumes or catch fire outside of your home.
  • If possible, store products in a separate building that is not connected to your home's ventilation system.
  • Avoid storing chemical products in areas with fluctuating temperatures.
  • Regularly check containers for leaks or damage. 

For more information on the use and storage of household chemicals, visit the Government of Canada.