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Household Hazardous Waste

​​​Hazardous materials from the home can be brought to the Waste & Recycling Centre for safe disposal, free of charge. Non-residential hazardous waste must be collected by a private hazardous waste handler.  

How do I Prepare Household Hazardous Waste for Safe Disposal?

Ensure chemicals are clearly labeled and properly sealed, if possible in the original containers.  This is important because household chemicals pose a danger to your family, pets, neighbourhood, workers and the environment.

For your safety and to avoid spillage or contamination, please ensure all household hazardous waste is transported to the landfill upright in a sealed box or container. Only containers holding fuel, glycol, motor oil, or cooking oil can be poured out and returned to the customer, in order to prevent safety hazards and spills.

Containers larger than 5 gallons cannot be accepted for drop-off at the landfill. If you have larger sized containers of household hazardous waste, please call 311 or contact the scalehouse at 403-327-3288 to see if delivery can be arranged.

What Items are Acceptable for the Program?

Household Cleaning Products:
  • Bleach, ammonia, lye
  • Cleaning solvents and spot removers
  • Disinfectants
  • Drain, toilet, and window cleaners
  • Hot tub and swimming pool chemicals
  • Oven cleaners
  • Metal polish
  • Turpentine, varnish, lacquers 
  • Septic tank cleaners
  • Furniture polish and waxes
  • Shoe polish

Gardening and Pest Control Products:

  • Insecticides and pesticides (including ant and rodent poison)
  • Flea powder
  • Fungicides and herbicides (including weed killer)
  • Fertilizer
  • Wood preservatives
Beauty Products:
  • Nail polish and remover
  • Hair colour and perm solutions 
  • Aerosols (including hairspray)

Hobby Products:

  • Artist paint, inks, colourants, tints
  • Paint thinners and strippers  
  • Photographic chemicals 

Automotive Products:

  • Antifreeze
  • Brake and transmission fluid
  • Gasoline
  • Motor oil and empty containers 
  • Rust inhibitors/removers
  • Car waxes and polishes (solvent and water based)
  • Non-aerosol automotive paints
  • Auto body filler 
  • Solvents
Other Products:
  • Fluorescent light tubes and compact fluorescent lightbulbs
  • Waterproofers
  • Glues and cements  
  • Butane and kerosene
  • Mercury thermometers
  • Rechargable and non-rechargable batteries (see here for more info​ on which types of batteries need to be bagged)
  • Smoke detectors 
  • Needles - your pharmacy may also provide options for needle disposal

What Items are Not Acceptable for the Program?

  • Explosives and ammunition- call the Lethbridge Police Service at (403) 328-4444
  • Radioactive waste- contact the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) in Calgary at (403) 292-5181
  • Asbestos waste- call 311 or (403) 359-7188 for disposal options
  • Compressed gas cylinders other than propane (medi-gas, helium, freon)- contact the manufacturer for disposal options
  • Broken glass and other sharp items- place in sealed puncture proof containers (such as plastic bleach bottles) with a tight fitting lid and leave for regular household garbage pickup.
  • Old drugs and medications- return unused or expired medicine to your pharmacist for disposal
  • Containers larger than 5 gallons cannot be accepted, to ensure safety for staff and customers. If you have larger sized containers, please call 311 or contact the scalehouse at 403-327-3288 to see if delivery can be arranged.​

For more information

Report a problem like missed collection or mess in lane
Phone: 311 or 403-320-3111 (if outside of Lethbridge)
Online: Service request options