Special collection of Hazardous Household Waste (HHW)
The special collection of HHW is administered by the MRC and provided in mutiple municipalitites.
In 2021, collections will take place on the following Saturdays, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.:
- June 12: 5001 Route 132, Saint-Anicet (Municipal Garage)
- July 10: 9 St. Paul Street, Ormstown (Ecocentre)
- August 7: 1570 Route 202, Franklin (Municipal Garage)
- August 28: 3435, Ridge Road, Godmanchester (Municipal Garage)
Did you know that;
Hazardous household waste (HHW) includes a large number of commonly used products. Although they represent only 1% of the waste produced by Quebec households, they contribute significantly to the toxicity of a landfill site if they are disposed of in household garbage. As well, the dumping of hazardous waste in sewers can have serious consequences for the environment.
What is HHW;
Hazardous household waste is anything generated in the home that is corrosive, flammable, toxic, explosive, oxidizing or leachable (mostly called solvents) constitutes HHW.
HHW represents a physical hazard (explosion), a health hazard and/or an environmental hazard if not properly disposed of and treated. Therefore, they must be handled, stored, and transported with care while being disposed of safely.
Other characteristics may also be associated with HHW that warrant special management. Some products, such as computer equipment or batteries, contain several chemicals and heavy metals (mercury, lead, chromium, cadmium, etc.) that can lead to soil contamination and water pollution.
Did you know? One litre of oil can contaminate one million litres of water.
How to safely store your HHW
- HHW should be stored in leak-proof containers, out of the reach of children and animals.
- Avoid pouring or mixing products; this can cause dangerous chemical reactions and/or produce toxic gases (in addition to reducing the possibility of reuse, recycling or energy recovery of materials).
- The accumulation of HHW should be avoided; its presence is a common cause of fire and can be a health hazard.
How to safely store your HHW
It is important to never dispose of HHW in your household garbage, in the sewer system or more broadly in nature. HHW also has no place in the regular collection of recyclable materials.
HHW must be deposited at appropriate and designated disposal sites. Once recovered from these locations, HHW is sent to specialized industries for processing and recycling.
You can return your HHW at mobile collection sites offered free of charge to all citizens of the MRC.
The MRC du Haut-Saint-Laurent collects HHW during mobile collections at temporary sites according to a set schedule. The collection of HHW is accessible to residents of the 13 municipalities within the territory of the MRC. Only household products are accepted. Others – such as agricultural, industrial and/or commercial waste – will not be accepted.
Some types of HHW can be returned to a municipal depot/town hall, pharmacy or retailer.
Did you know? Smoke detectors are safe to be thrown in the garbage (recommended by the Ministry of the Environment because of their low radioactivity per unit), as can light bulbs (incandescent).