Hazardous Household Waste

Household Hazardous Waste

What is household hazardous waste?

Household hazardous waste (HHW) is any waste from your home that you consider to be dangerous or of which you are unsure. It includes leftover household products that are marked flammable, corrosive or poisonous, or those that are compressed gas (such as aerosols, butane and lighters).

Acceptable items include:

  • Cooking oil
  • Abrasive powders
  • Ammonia-based cleaners and empty containers
  • Disinfectants
  • Drain de-cloggers
  • Floor and furniture polish
  • Oven cleaners
  • General cleaners
  • Metal cleaners/polish
  • Window/glass cleaners
  • Motor oil and oil filters
  • Anti-freeze
  • Empty motor oil and anti-freeze containers
  • Old gasoline
  • Transmission fluid
  • Brake fluid
  • Adhesives car polishes
  • Car waxes and polishes
  • Pool chemicals
  • Fertilizers and pesticides
Bathroom/ Laundry
  • Cleaners
  • Chlorine bleach
  • Stain removers
  • Rat and mouse poison
  • Flammable materials
  • Fluorescent, LED and incandescent light bulbs
  • Thermostat switches
  • Fire alarms, smoke and COdetectors
  • Oxidizers
  • Paint
  • Stains and finishes
  • Bear spray
  • PCB containing ballasts
  • Window and glass cleaners

Make sure to follow these tips:

  • Residential items only
  • Labelled, not leaking, sealed and upright
  • Containers less than 25L
  • Try to keep waste in original containers or in ones you don't need back
Did you know? We accept empty antifreeze and motor oil containers for recycling. Bring them to the attendant.
Items Not AcceptedHow to Dispose
Commercial/Business hazardous waste Contact a hazardous waste disposal company
Pharmaceuticals Contact a pharmacy
Needles and sharpsContact a pharmacy
Ammunition for firearms Contact your local RCMP
FlaresContact Parker Marine 250-334-4808
Marine location marker Contact CFB Comox 1-866-488-0889
Compressed GasReturn to retailer
Fire ExtinguisherContact Northern Ropes 250-286-1027

Household Hazardous Waste printable brochure

For more information on hazardous waste call 250-334-6016 (or toll-free 1-800-331-6007).

Note: The Comox Valley and Campbell River Waste Management Centres will be closed all provincially recognized statutory holidays. As a result, the collection of Household Hazardous Waste will be unavailable on April 2, July 1 and November 11 in 2021. For a list of recognized holidays visit cswm.ca/hours

2021 Hazardous Waste Drop-off Dates
Campbell River SiteComox Valley Site

6700 Argonaut Road, Campbell River

3699 Bevan Road, Cumberland

9:30 am-5:30 pm
Tuesday and Wednesdays

and the following Saturdays:
January 23
February 20
March 20
April 24
May 29
June 26
July 24
August 21
September 25
October 30
November 27
December 18

9:30 am-5:30 pm
Thursdays and Fridays  

and the following Saturdays:
January 9
February 6
March 6
April 10
May 8
June 12
July 10
August 7
September 11
October 16
November 13
December 11

*Household hazardous waste can only be accepted during the hours listed as it requires special handling by a qualified technician.

Are you unsure if what you are disposing of is Household Hazardous Waste? You can always call us to find out before disposing, call 250-334-6016 or toll-free 1-800-331-6007