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Household hazardous waste - FAQ

Below you will find common questions about our household hazardous waste drop-off program. For more details, visit our hazardous waste drop-off program page.

Where should I drop off my hazardous waste?

For Calgary residents, here are the hazardous materials we accept.

We will take these materials at our household hazardous waste drop-off locations. Please make sure to properly package and label your waste.

If you are unsure of how to dispose of an item, visit our online recycling and disposal search tool What Goes Where. It's an easy way to find out what can and can't be recycled.

If you are a business owner or industrial operator, and you have hazardous waste, please call The City of Calgary at 311 or look in the local Yellow Pages under "Waste Disposal - Hazardous" for alternative disposal options.

Why should I drop off my hazardous waste?

Hazardous waste can cause a variety of issues when not disposed of properly.

Putting chemicals in your garbage can pose a danger to our garbage collectors, your family, your neighbourhood and the environment.

Pouring chemicals down your drains can cause all sorts of environmental problems.

Chemicals poured down your drain end up in our sewer system. They can harm the good bacteria we use to clean water during the wastewater treatment process.

Our stormwater system drains to the river without being treated. Chemicals poured in a storm drain end up in the river, which can hurt animals, plants and drinking water quality.

Who runs the hazardous waste drop-off locations?

This program is run by Waste & Recycling Services and the Calgary Fire Department.

The provincial government funds the disposal of household hazardous waste for all Albertans. The recycling or disposal of paint is overseen by the Alberta Recycling Management Authority (ARMA).

What does The City do with the hazardous waste?

All chemicals are recycled or safely treated and disposed of at the Swan Hills Waste Treatment Centre in accordance with strict Alberta Environment regulations.

Items including used motor oil, used glycol (anti-freeze), propane tanks, vehicle batteries, used oil containers, paint and paint containers are sold to private companies for recycling.

Why are household dry cell batteries not accepted?

Household batteries can be recycled or disposed of in your regular garbage.

As an option, we encourage you to use rechargeable batteries.

In Calgary, hundreds of locations accept rechargeable batteries for recycling free of charge. To find the rechargeable battery collection site nearest you visit Call2Recycle.

For a list of disposal options for different kinds of batteries (automotive, cell phone, commercial, laptop), visit the Battery Section of What Goes Where.