Photo of Household Hazardous Waste Products

Help keep hazardous stuff out of the landfill - the lakes will thank you.

Every year Canadian families buy 40 to 50 different kinds of flammable, corrosive, and toxic cleaners, pesticides, paints and other products. Thrown in the garbage or dumped down the drain, these materials can poison our lakes, rivers and groundwater supplies.

Bring it in for safe disposal.  Every drop counts.  

Algonquin Highlands hosts five Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) events each year, between the May long weekend and Thanksgiving. With the exception of the Big Red items listed below, household hazardous waste materials can only be disposed of at HHW events.  There is no charge for household hazardous waste brought to an HHW event.

2018 Household Hazardous Waste Events:

Saturday, May 19, 2018 Maple Lake Landfill 1:00 - 5:00 pm
Saturday, June 23, 2018* Dorset Transfer Station  1:00 - 5:00 pm
Saturday, August 11, 2018* Oxtongue Lake Landfill 1:00 - 5:00 pm
Saturday, September 1, 2018 Dorset Transfer Station 1:00 - 5:00 pm
Saturday, October 6, 2018 Maple Lake Landfill 1:00 - 5:00 pm

*Please note that events June 23, 2018 at Dorset TS and August 11, 2018 at Oxtongue are NOT on a long weekend.

Materials accepted at HHW events include:

► automotive batteries ► paints and stains ► finishing products (varnish, glue, etc.) ► propane cylinders & canisters ► antifreeze & containers ► used motor oil and oil filters ► fluorescent tubes & bulbs ► cleaners (e.g. bleach, oven cleaner) ► solvents (e.g. Varsol, paint thinner, etc.) ► pesticides, fungicides, herbicides ► fertilizers ► pool and hot tub chemicals ► corrosive materials ► flammable materials ► toxic materials ► reactive materials.

IMPORTANT:  Containers you bring with HHW will not be returned to you (e.g. if you bring a gas can full of gas you cannot empty out the gas and take the container home).  Be sure all containers are labeled and sealed.

Events are held in partnership with OrangeDrop, an industry-funded recycling program aimed at keeping hazardous and special waste materials out of Ontario’s landfills and waterways.  The Orange Drop Program allows Ontarians to return designated materials to local Municipal HHW Depots, retail sites and collection events across Ontario. Visit the Orange Drop website.

Big Red Bin

The following items may also be deposited year-round in the BIG RED bin at any Algonquin Highlands landfill site:

  • Household batteries - single-use/disposable and rechargeable
  • CFL light bulbs
  • Empty automotive fluid containers
  • Empty aerosol cans

Fluorescent light tubes and propane tanks – BBQ size and single-use/disposable cylinders – can also be brought to the Maple Lake, Dorset or Oxtongue Lake Landfill sites at any time. Ask your Attendant where to place them.

Please DO NOT leave paints, stains or any other liquid hazardous waste at any Algonquin Highlands waste disposal site, as the Township is not permitted to accept or store them except during an HHW event. Several home building stores offer paint recycling programs. This is a great way to dispose of your leftover paint during the winter months, between hazardous waste events. Call the store before you go to make sure they offer such a program and if they have any restrictions.

Medications Return Program

All prescription drugs, as well as over-the-counter drugs and natural health products in oral dosage form, are now part of a stewardship program, the Ontario Medications Return Program (OMRP).  This program offers a safe and easy way to dispose of medications we all have in our homes.  The purpose of the OMRP is to recover drugs that are expired or no longer needed and prevent them from being disposed of in the garbage or poured down the drain.  Just take the medications in their original containers (plastic bottles or blister packs, but not outer packaging), remove any personal identification, such as your name, and stop by a participating pharmacy in your community.  Not sure where to go?  Visit for the pharmacy nearest you.

Contact Information

Melissa Murray
Environmental Coordinator
Phone: 705-489-2379