Hazardous Waste

Residents in the County have a number of options to properly dispose of Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) materials. There is no charge to drop off HHW materials; however maximum quantity limits will apply. If you live on a farm, only the HHW materials generated from the household can be accepted.

In 2018, 223 metric tonnes (223,374 kg) of hazardous materials were received from 6,807 County residents and kept out of landfills and water systems. This represents a 19.42% increase over the amount collected in 2017.

Please choose from the following services to see an overview of acceptable hazardous materials:

Mobile Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Depot 

Wellington County residents may use the Mobile HHW Depot year round. The Mobile HHW Depot rotates between all six of the County waste facilities and two roads garages. 

  • Paint and related products
  • Indoor household products
  • Household batteries
  • Fluorescent bulbs, tubes and ballasts
  • Mercury thermometers and thermostats
  • Outdoor household chemicals
  • Medication
  • Medical sharps
  • Automotive products and batteries
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Propane cylinders

Mobile HHW Depot

Select Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Depots 

Year-round, Wellington County residents (excludes the City of Guelph) can take selected Household Hazardous Waste materials to five of the County's waste facilities.

  • Automotive products
    • oil filters
    • motor oil
    • antifreeze 
    • motor oil and antifreeze plastic containers
    • batteries
  • Household batteries
  • Aerosol cans 
  • Propane cylinders

Select HHW Depots

 Alkaline Battery Recycling Programme 

Through partnership between Solid Waste Services and the County's library branches, County residents can drop their alkaline batteries (up to D size) into Battery Tubes for recycling.

Battery Recycling

Other Options

More disposal option locations are available for some household hazardous waste materials. Visit the Make The Drop website, ReGeneration website, and the Health Steward website for additional information.  


Remember to follow the BUD rule:

Buy only what you need

Use it up

Dispose of what remains responsibly

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