Household Hazardous Waste
Household hazardous waste includes corrosive, flammable or poisonous material like aerosols, batteries, cleaning products, pesticides, fertilizers and more. Putting these materials in your garbage or recycling, or pouring them down the drain, contaminates water and landfills.
Household Hazardous Waste Days - Drop-off Events at SaskTel Centre
2016 was another successful year for the HHW Program, setting records for participation (2,891 vehicles) and total weight of materials collected (101,205 kg) - well done, Saskatoon!
To help you dispose of household hazardous waste, the City coordinates regular Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Days. On the dates listed, a temporary site is set up at SaskTel Centre parking lot (101 - 3515 Thatcher Avenue) from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for residents of Saskatoon to drop-off their household hazardous waste materials for recycling or safe disposal.
- April 9 (NOTE: this is the only Sunday event...all other events are held on Saturdays)
- May 13
- May 27
- July 15
- August 19
- September 16
- October 28
- November 18
Common Materials Accepted at Household Hazardous Waste Days
- Acid - battery acid, toilet bowl cleaner, sulphuric acid, hydrochloric acid
- Adhesives - contact cement, resin, glue, sealer, caulking
- Aerosols - hair spray, insect repellant, lubricant spray, furniture cleaner
- Automotive - used oil, oil filters, antifreeze, carburetor cleaner, batteries, fuel, windshield wiper solution, transmission fluid, brake fluid, empty oil containers and pails
- Batteries - alkali, dry cell, NiCad, lithium, lead-acid (automotive)
- Cleaners - floor, carpet, clothing, oven, glass, car wax, disinfectant, aluminum cleaner
- Cylinders - propane, helium, oxygen, acetylene, fire extinguishers
- Corrosives - drain cleaner, engine degreaser, ammonia, battery acid, sulfuric acid
- Fuels - gasoline, diesel, kerosene, oil/gas mixture
- Light Bulbs & Ballasts - fluorescent light ballasts (with or without PCBs), light bulbs
- Mercury - mercury, mercury thermometers
- Oxidizing Chemicals - chlorine, bleach, pool chemicals, fertilizer, hydrogen peroxide
- Paint - paint and paint products are accepted at HHW events; however, many items including leftover paint and empty paint cans are also accepted at all SARCAN recycling depots in Saskatoon. SARCAN is the designated collector of these materials under the Saskatchewan Paint Recycling Program. A complete list of items accepted under the program can be found at SARCAN
- Pesticides & Fertilizers - pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, rodenticides, fertilizer
- Pharmaceuticals - prescription drugs, medicines (no needles, sharps or biological waste)
- Propane Cylinders - barbeque cylinders (20 lb), camp cylinders (1 lb)
- Solvents – varsol, paint thinner, naphtha, acetone, toluene, xylene, alcohol, benzene
- Other Materials – asbestos (must be double contained), asphalt sealers, roofing tar, detergents, photographic chemicals, pigments, dyes, hair colour, nail polish, nail polish remover, lead, mothballs, pet supplies, phenol, pine oil, scouring powder, spot remover, septic tank chemicals, shoe polish, wood preservatives, household products containing microbeads (e.g., hand soap)
Materials NOT Accepted at Household Hazardous Waste Days
- NOTE: this is a 'household' hazardous waste program - wastes from businesses or other organizations will not be accepted.
- Construction, renovation and demolition (CRD) waste.
- Class 1 (Explosives) including ammunition, explosives, flares, guns, gun powder and related items (contact Saskatoon Police Service at (306) 975-8300)
- Class 2 (Compressed Gases) other than aerosols, propane, butane, oxygen, carbon dioxide, helium, acetylene cylinders and fire extinguishers - all for residential use (contact GFL Environmental at (306) 244-9500)
- Class 7 (Radioactive) including ionization chamber-type smoke detectors (contact Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council at (306) 931-3242)
- Biologically hazardous materials including sharps, needles and items contaminated with human fluids (see Needle Safe brochure or contact Needle Safe Saskatoon Information Line at (306) 655-4444; operators of Medical or Business Offices please contact Biomed Recovery and Disposal Ltd. at (306)253-4476)
- PCB materials other than fluorescent light ballasts (contact GFL Environmental at (306) 244-9500)
- Used tires, automotive and bicycle (contact Saskatchewan Scrap Tire Corporation at (306) 721-8473)
- Electronics of any type (see 'Other Recycling Opportunities in the Community' section below)
- Unknown chemicals (contact GFL Environmental at (306) 244-9500)
Other Recycling Opportunities in the Community
A variety of local retailers accept specific materials for disposal or recycling during their regular business hours. Visit Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council's website for a list of places that accept household hazardous waste material.
Leftover paint and empty paint cans are accepted without charge at all SARCAN recycling depots in Saskatoon. A complete list of items accepted under the Saskatchewan Paint Recycling Program can be found on SARCAN's website. Paint that is NOT accepted through the SARCAN program can be dropped off at Household Hazardous Waste Days.
Electronics are accepted without charge at a number of drop-off centres in Saskatoon, including all SARCAN recycling depots. Residents and businesses can drop off approved products at one of ten Electronic Products Recycling Association (EPRA-SK) drop-off centres in Saskatoon. Approved products include:
- desktop and portable computers
- computer equipment (keyboards, mice, cables and internal components)
- desktop printers and fax machines, displays (TVs, computer monitors)
- audio/video systems (personal or portable, vehicle, home)
- non-cellular telephones
Batteries, Oil, Lightbulbs and More!
For information about recycling other materials like batteries, oil, lightbulbs and many other items go to Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council's recycling database.