Household Hazardous Waste Facility closing for season

The City of Kingston’s Household Hazardous Waste drop-off facility, which will close for the season on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019. Photo via City of Kingston.

If you’ve been meaning to get rid of some of those items in your home that cannot be disposed of in regular garbage collection, now is the time to pack up all those items and dead to the City’s Household Hazardous Waste facility.

The Household Hazardous Waste Facility, which operates at the Kingston Area Recycling Centre (KARC), is only open seasonally, and will close for the season at the end of this week. The last two days to drop off hazardous waste are Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019 and Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019. The Facility will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

The Facility accepts items that cannot be disposed of in regular garbage collection, such as:

  • Pesticides
  • Batteries (single-use, rechargeable, and automotive)
  • Solvents
  • Pool chemicals
  • Paint and paint removers, thinners, or strippers
  • Oven cleaners
  • Bleach
  • Drain cleaners
  • Ammonia
  • Motor oil and motor oil containers
  • Antifreeze
  • Propane cylinders
  • Compact fluorescent light bulbs

Residents can find the City’s full list of acceptable items, as well as those items that are not accepted, here. Proof of residency, such as a driver’s licence or health card, must be presented when dropping off Household Hazardous Waste, as the City keeps records of households that do so from Kingston and the surrounding municipalities.

For those who are unable to make the final drop-off dates, the City suggests storing hazardous materials in original containers in a cool, dry place, away from food, children and pets.

“Never put hazardous waste in the garbage or down the drain. Look for warning labels and instructions on products and handle any potentially hazardous materials with care. Do not mix hazardous materials and, when possible, bring items in their original containers,” the City said in a press release on Monday, Nov. 25, 2019.

Medications, batteries, and compact fluorescent light bulbs can be disposed of all year round

  • Medications: Return unused or expired medications and sharps for free to participating pharmacies in Kingston. For a list of collection locations click here.
  • Batteries: Single-use and rechargeable batteries can be dropped off at Kingston City Hall, the INVISTA Centre, or the main office at KARC at any time during those locations respective operating hours.
  • Compact fluorescent lightbulbs: These light bulbs (but not fluorescent tube bulbs) are accepted year-round at the main office of the KARC.

According to the City, residents can also go to, or for lists of retailers who accept certain hazardous waste items year-round.

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