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Household Hazardous Waste

Household hazardous waste includes corrosive, flammable or poisonous material. Putting this waste in the garbage or pouring it down the drain contaminates water and landfills.

Household Hazardous Waste Days 

To help you dispose of household hazardous waste, the City coordinates regular Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Days. On the days listed below, 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 material for recycling or safe disposal.

2015 Household Hazardous Waste Days

  • April 18
  • May 23
  • June 20
  • July 4
  • August 15
  • September 19
  • October 17
  • November 21

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, aluminium 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
  • 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 triple contained), asphalt & 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

Materials NOT Accepted at Household Hazardous Waste Days

Other Materials

Paint

Leftover paint and empty paint cans are accepted without charge 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 on SARCAN's website.

Paint that is NOT accepted through the SARCAN program can be dropped off at Household Hazardous Waste Days.

Electronics

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) and non-cellular telephones.

More Information

Please use the Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council's recycling database to find out where to dispose of materials not listed above.

For more information on Hazardous Waste, visit the SWRC's Hazardous Waste.