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Household hazardous waste drop-off program

Items that are corrosive, flammable, poisonous or explosive are considered household hazardous waste and don’t belong in your carts. In Calgary, you can dispose of these items at our household hazardous waste drop-off locations.

Hazardous waste will have danger symbols like this on the container:

Corrosive

Flammable

Poisonous 

Explosive

These products:

  • Can eat away materials when contact occurs.
  • Can ignite and cause a fire.
  • Are toxic or poisonous, either immediately or over a long period of time.
  • Can be explosive and/or reactive and release poisonous fumes when exposed to air, water or other chemicals.

Common household hazardous waste includes aerosols, automotive fluids, cleaners, fertilizers, weed killers, paint, propane tanks and more.

Hazardous waste requires safe handling and must be disposed of the right way.

Household Hazardous Waste Items Example Paint, Propane, Cleaners  

Household hazardous waste drop off locations

Household hazardous waste can be taken to one of these year-round locations.

Fire Stations

Fire stations are open for drop-off seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Please note: Propane and helium tanks are accepted only from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Landfill sites

Please note: If there is mixed garbage in your load, charges will apply. Learn more about landfill hours and locations.


Business or industrial waste

If you are a business owner or industrial operator, and you have hazardous waste, please call The City of Calgary at 311 or contact a local hauler for disposal options.

You can also find disposal options for large volumes of certain items like paint, asbestos or industrial waste on our Waste Diversion for Business page.

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.

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