Household Hazardous Waste facility to close for winter season

Kingston Area Recycling Centre. Photo by Logan Cadue/Kingstonist.

As winter approaches, the Household Hazardous Waste facility at the Kingston Area Recycling Centre (KARC) will hold its last two drop-off days for the season.

In a media release, the City of Kingston said the facility at 196 Lappan’s Lane will hold the last two Household Hazardous Waste drop-off days this year on:

  • Saturday, Nov. 25
  • Thursday, Nov. 30

The Household Hazardous Waste facility continues to be open on Thursdays and Saturdays throughout the month of November.

The following tips for disposing of household hazardous waste were provided by the City:

Before heading out to the Household Hazardous Waste facility:

  • Check your household for hazardous waste items like: pesticides, batteries (single-use, rechargeable and automotive), solvents, pool chemicals, removers or strippers, paint, paint thinners, oven cleaners, bleach, drain cleaners, ammonia, motor oil and motor oil containers, antifreeze, propane cylinders and compact fluorescent light bulbs. See a full list at www.CityofKingston.ca/HHW.
  • Bring proof of residency. The City reports households that visit the facility from Kingston, as well as from adjacent municipalities. Proof of residency (i.e., driver’s license, health card, etc.) is required upon delivery of household hazardous waste.

The City of Kingston advises residents to store hazardous materials in original containers in a cool, dry place, safely away from food, children, or pets over the winter. 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 to the facility in their original containers.

Medications, batteries, and compact fluorescent bulbs can be disposed of as follows:

  • Medications: return unused or expired medications and sharps for free to participating pharmacies in Kingston. For a list of collection locations near you, please visit https://healthsteward.ca/returning-medications/#drop-off-map.
  • Batteries: Drop off batteries (single-use and rechargeable only) any time during operating hours at: City Hall, 216 Ontario St.; INVISTA Centre, 1350 Gardiners Rd.; or the main office at KARC.
  • Compact fluorescent bulbs: These are accepted year-round in the main office at KARC.

The Household Hazardous Waste facility will reopen for drop-offs in the spring; the facility is open from April to November annually.

Visit https://rpra.ca/find-a-collection-site/ for a list of retailers who accept certain hazardous waste items year-round.

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