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Hazardous Waste Collection Events

Residents of Bruce County are encouraged to bring their hazardous waste materials to any of the Household Hazardous Waste Events. Thank you for responsibly disposing of household hazardous waste.
  • Household hazardous waste materials include: paints and stains, propane tanks, used oil, aerosols, batteries, antifreeze, oil filters, solvents, household cleaners, fluorescent lights, fertilizers, fuel, pharmaceuticals, fire extinguishers, pesticides, and pool chemicals. See the full list of Accepted Materials below.
  • Please note that commercial waste, agricultural waste, industrial waste, PCB’s, ammunitions, and flares will not be accepted. 
  • Only containers with a volume of 30 litres or less will be accepted. Waste must be received in containers that can be disposed of. Containers will not be emptied and returned (ie. gas cans). Empty metal paint cans are blue box recyclable.
  • Bruce County retains the right to refuse service if protocols are not being followed. 


Household Hazardous and Special Waste Materials

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Tel : 519-881-2400

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Bruce County is at one with nature; our environment is both our escape and our attraction - so protecting it and managing our impact on this treasure is our shared responsibility.


Accepted Materials at Household Hazardous Waste Events

Formulations containing or pure compounds of:

  • Sulphuric acid
  • Hydrochloric acid
  • Phosphoric acid
  • Oxalic acid
  • Muriatic acid
  • Acetic acid
  • Boric acid
    • Drain Openers
    • CLR
    • Deck Wash
    • Rust Remover


  • All
    • Spray paint
    • Cleaners
    • Polishes
    • Insulating Foam
    • Air Fresheners
  • Propane Tanks
  • Propane Cylinders (Coleman)
  • *Note: Empty Aerosol cans can be placed in your blue box.


  • Motor Oil
  • Oil Filters
  • Diesel
  • Anti-freeze
  • Transmission Fluid
  • Brake Fluid
  • Batteries
  • Adhesives
  • Car Polishes
  • Car Waxes



  • Dry cell household
  • Rechargeable household
  • Automotive

Formulations containing, or pure compounds of:

  • Sodium Hydroxide
  • Potassium Hydroxide
  • Sodium Metasilicate
  • Sodium Silicate
    • TSP
    • Lime
  • Ammonia
  • Ammonium Chloride
  • Drano
  • Easy-Off
  • Lye
  • Photo-Chemicals
    • Comet
    • Ajax


  • Potting soils which contain fertilizers
  • Any product making a nutrient claim
    • Shrub and tree food
    • Lawn Fertilizer
    • Multipurpose Fertilizer

Fire Extinguishers

  • Extinguishers for electrical, combustible, flammable, and laboratory fires

Fluorescent Lamps

  • Compact fluorescent bulbs
  • Fluorescent tubes



Mercury Devices & Switches

  • Thermometers (fever and non-fever)
  • Barometers
  • Switches containing mercury
  • Thermostats

Miscellaneous Organic
Flammable Organic Compounds including:

  • Camping Fuels
  • Caulking
  • Cements and Glues
  • Driveway Sealers
  • Drywall Compounds
  • Epoxies
  • Kerosene
  • Lacquer
  • Paint Stripper
  • Polishes
  • Polyfiller
  • Putty
  • Resins
  • Rust Paint
  • Silicone Compound
  • Solvents
  • Stains
  • Thinners
  • Urethane
  • Varnish
  • Waxes


  • Fertilizers
  • Plant Food
  • All Nitrates
  • Bleach
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Pool Chlorine
  • Sodium Hypochlorite
  • Nitric Acid
  • Pool Chemicals



  • Alkyd (oil) paints
  • Latex paints
  • Solvent-based Stains and Coatings
  • Water-based stains and coatings
  • Primer
  • Basecoat


  • All Herbicides, Fungicides, Insecticides
  • Insect Repellant
  • Weed killers
  • Pest Control Products (Roundup)


  • Non-prescription and over the counter medications
  • Pills
  • Liquids
  • Cough Syrups
  • Cosmetics
  • Nail Polish
  • Inhalers
  • Perfumes

Unacceptable Materials

  • Infectious Waste, including sharps
  • Explosives, Ammunition, or Flares
  • Empty Cans, Bottle, etc. (empty paint and aerosol cans go directly into the blue box).
  • Cardboard boxes.