On Saturday, April 2, 2022, the City of Kingston’s Household Hazardous Waste Depot opens for the season at the Kingston Area Recycling Centre, 196 Lappan’s Lane.
According to a release from the City, the depot is open Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and accepts household hazardous waste items.
The City provided the following measures for residents to follow while at the Kingston Area Recycling Centre, and also reminded residents to follow the directions provided by the depot attendants while visiting:
- Stay in your vehicle while waiting for an attendant to serve you.
- Either unload your items into a provided basket or stay in your vehicle while items are unloaded for you.
- Bring proof of residency (i.e. a driver’s license) when dropping off household hazardous waste. For reporting purposes, the City of Kingston tracks whether facility visitors are from Kingston or another nearby community.
In the release, the City asked residents to never put hazardous material in with regular garbage or recycling and never pour it down a drain or toilet. “Store hazardous material in original containers in a cool, dry place safely away from food, children, or pets until you can bring it to the household hazardous waste facility,” the City said.
Household Hazardous Waste includes items such as adhesives, aerosol containers, antifreeze, batteries (all kinds), compact fluorescent lights and tubes, fire extinguishers, fuels, household cleaners, mercury devices (switches, thermometers and thermostats), oil, paint, propane cylinders and solvents.
Look for warning labels and instructions on products and handle any potentially hazardous materials with care, the City said. Do not mix hazardous materials and, when possible, bring items to the depot in their original containers.
Don’t know where it goes? Visit: www.CityofKingston.ca/WasteLookup.
The City asks residents to not bring the following items to the Household Hazardous Waste Depot:
Asbestos, incandescent light bulbs or smoke detectors (smoke detectors can go in your garbage). To dispose of explosives, flares or ammunition, contact Kingston Police for assistance at 613-549-4660.
Certain household hazardous waste items can be dropped off at other locations, according to the release:
- Expired or unused pharmaceuticals and your needles: www.healthsteward.ca/returns/ontario. If you find a needle, do not touch it. Contact KFL&A Public Health via the Street Health Centre at 613-549-1440 to report its location.
- See www.makethedrop.ca or productcare.org to find a list of retailers that take some household hazardous waste items.