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 depot is open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. as follows:
January 13 - CLOSED
Due to construction and operational activities at 20 Horseshoe Lake Dr, the Household Special Waste Depot that was previously scheduled to be open, will be CLOSED. We apologize for any inconvenience.
January 20 - OPEN
January 27 - OPEN
February 3 - OPEN
February 10 - OPEN
February 17 - CLOSED
February 24 - OPEN
March 3 - OPEN
March 10 - OPEN
March 17 - OPEN
March 24 - OPEN
March 31 - CLOSED
Mobile community events
Dates for 2018 mobile community events will be posted as they are confirmed.
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 (or Paint Recycling Program)
- corrosive cleaners
- pesticides and herbicides
- gasoline and fuel oil
- used motor oil (or return to retailer)
- 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 Bulbs (or find a residential mercury collection drop-off location near you)
- 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, brushes, and rollers are not hazardous and should go in your regular garbage. If you have small amounts of leftover paint, let it air dry or mix with cat litter and then place it you’re your regular garbage.
Products containing mercury
Efficiency Nova Scotia has a take-back program for products that contain mercury, including:
- CFL and fluorescent bulbs
- household thermometers
- button cell batteries
For full details and drop-off locations visit Efficiency Nova Scotia.
Dan-X Recycling (64 Trider Cres, Burnside) also accepts CFL and fluorescent bulbs from residents and businesses for a small fee.