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 between April and October and will be posted as confirmed. 

The mobile community events are open from 9:00 a.m.  - 4:00 p.m. rain or shine.

Saturday, April 29
Sackville Transit Terminal
7 Walker Ave, Lower Sackville

Saturday, May 6
Porters Lake Transit Terminal
21 Inspiration Dr, Porters Lake

Saturday, May 20
Mic Mac Mall
21 Micmac Blvd, Dartmouth 

Saturday, June 17
Musquodoboit Rural High
11980 NS-224, Middle Musquodoboit

Saturday, June 24
Auburn Drive High School
300 Auburn Dr, Cole Harbour

Saturday, July 8
BMO Centre
61 Gary Martin Dr, Bedford

Saturday, July 15
Brookside Jr High
2239 Prospect Rd, Hatchet Lake 

Saturday, July 22
Horizon Community School
168 Redoubt Way, Eastern Passage

Saturday, July 29
George P Vanier Jr High School
1410 Fall River Rd, Fall River

Saturday, August 5
Saint Mary's University
960 Tower Rd, Halifax

Saturday, August 12
Marine Drive Academy
479 Church Point Road, Sheet Harbour

Saturday, August 19
St Margaret's Bay Elementary
24 Ridgewood Dr, Head of St Margarets Bay

Saturday, August 26
Cole Harbour Place
51 Forest Hills Parkway, Cole Harbour

Saturday, September 16
Eastern Shore Community Centre
67 Park Rd, Musquodoboit Harbour

Saturday, September 23
Harold T Barrett Jr High
862 Beaver Bank Rd, Beaver Bank

Permanent Household Special Waste Depot Schedule

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


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


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


April 1 - OPEN
April 8 - CLOSED
April 15 - OPEN
April 22 – OPEN
April 29 – OPEN


May 6 - OPEN
May 13 - OPEN
May 20 - CLOSED
May 27 – OPEN


June 3 – OPEN
June 10 – OPEN
June 17 - OPEN
June 24 – 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.