Hazardous Waste

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Remember to follow the BUD rule:

Buy only what you need

Use it up

Dispose of what remains responsibly


Residents in the County have a number of options to properly dispose of leftover Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) materials. In 2016 alone, County residents kept over 156 metric tonnes (over 345,000 lb.) of hazardous materials out of landfills and water systems through Event Days and Depot collection.


Please choose from the following services available to County residents:

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.

Is your medicine cabinet full of unused or expired medication?

Mobile Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Depot 
County residents may use the Mobile HHW Depot year round. The Mobile HHW Depot rotates between all six of the County waste facilities, and starting in 2017 we have added two extra locations to make the safe disposal of HHW material even easier for those residents living in a Town or Township without a waste facility within its borders.

Please note: If you live on a farm, only the HHW materials generated from the household can be accepted.

Select 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.

It is essential that sharp objects are disposed of using safe practices to reduce the risk of injury to the public and to County or contract employees.


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.  

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