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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Household special waste depot schedule
The Halifax Regional Municipality continues to monitor and respond to the rapidly evolving effects of COVID-19. To support efforts in limiting social distances, operation of the Household Special Waste depot has been suspended until further notice. The operating schedule will be updated.
Mobile community events (2020)
May 2 - Sackville Transit Terminal
May 9 - Porters Lake Transit Terminal
June 13 - Mic Mac Mall
July 11 - BMO Centre
August 15 - Cole Harbour Place
September 12 - Oyster Pond Academy
September 19 - Georges P. Vanier School, Fall River
September 26 - Tallahassee Community School, Eastern Passage
October 17 - Mic Mac Mall
Future dates and locations will be posted as confirmed.
The mobile community events are open from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. rain or shine. Residential waste only.
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 and fuel oil (or find a collection facility with Atlantic Used Oil Management Association)
- used motor oil (or find a collection facility with Atlantic Used Oil Management Association)
- solvents and thinners
- pharmaceuticals and drugs (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
- household thermometers
- button cell batteries
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.