Hazardous Household Waste (HHW)
What is HHW?
The term HHW, or hazardous household waste, refers to the waste of many hazardous products that are commonly used around the household. This residue is likely to cause damage to human health and the environment.
Hazardous household products are easily recognizable because they contain one or more of the following symbols:
HHW drop-off centre in Rawdon
Located at 2101 Adélaïde St. (acces via 5th Avenue) | 450 834-5441, ext. 7034 (see map)
You can bring your hazardous household waste, free of charge, to the Rawdon drop-off centre (called the Hazardous household waste transfer centre – HHWTC). Proof of residency required.
Every Friday, from May to September and the third Friday of October, from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm and from 1 pm to 4 pm.
The HHW that is collected is then taken away by various recovery and recycling companies. Some non-recoverable products are neutralized for safe disposal.
List of items that can be dropped off at the centre:
- Acids, basic products
- Aerosol: paints, oils, lubricants (ex.: WD-40), cosmetic products (ex.: hairspray)
- Rubbing alcohol
- Fluorescent bulbs and tubes
- Car and motorized vehicle batteries
- Ink cartridges
- Cement and plaster
- Glue and adhesives
- Thinners and strippers (ex.: turpentine)
- Bleach, ammonia
- Lighter fluid, fondue fuels
- Fire extinguishers
- Chemical fertilizers
- Fireworks and flares
- Tar, grease
- Heating oil
- Motor oil, oil filters, oil contaminated containers
- Vegetable oil
- Make-up, hair bleach, hair colour
- Medication, hydrogen peroxide
- Oven cleaners, pipe clog removers
- Paints, primers, empty paint cans
- pesticides (herbicides, fungicides, insecticides)
- Wood preservatives
- Batteries, regular and rechargeable
- Epoxy products
- Pool maintenance products (ex.: chlorine)
- Automotive cleaning products
- Solvents, window cleaners
- Sealants, silicone
- Mercury thermometers
- Nail polish
Alternate collection centres
In addition to the drop-off centre in Rawdon, there are several retailers and organizations that will accept your HHW.
Tips and Tricks
- Store your HHW in watertight containers and keep them out of the reach of children and pets.
- Pending drop-off at the centre, keep your HHW in a cool, dry and well ventilated area, away from sources of heat and electrical boxes.
- Do not throw your HHW down the toilet/sewer as it is very toxic to the environment.
- Always leave propane cylinders outside your home, winter and summer.
- Bring your HHW to the centre in original or clearly identified containers.
HHW replacement solutions
It is possible to replace the use of a hazardous household product with one that is equally as effective yet less harmful to your health and the environment.
- It is possible to reduce the amount of HHW generated at source by purchasing the necessary quantities and favoring alternatives such as homemade recipes.
- Opt for biodegradable and non-toxic household cleaning products.
- Practice biological or physical control methods instead of using chemical herbicides and pesticides.
- Purchase recycled products (paints, oils, etc.)
- Give away what no longer serves you to friends (paints, solvents, varnishes, etc.).