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Household Hazardous Waste

COVID-19 Notice

The Household Hazardous Waste Depot will open on July 23, 2020. The opening date had been postponed due to COVID-19.

The City of Kenora promotes the diversion of hazardous materials from the landfill by hosting regular Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection days, where residents have the opportunity to safely dispose of hazardous materials.

Beginning July 23 until October 15, every Thursday from 9 am to 2 pm, residential customers can dispose of household hazardous waste at a Depot inside the Transfer Station.  Call the Transfer Station for more information at 807-467-2980.

This is a FREE once-a-week service for our residential customers.

Only residential Household Hazardous Wastes are accepted.  HHW are defined as wastes that are:

  • reactive
  • flammable
  • corrosive
  • poisonous
  • and otherwise potentially dangerous materials such as fuel, antifreeze, hobby chemicals, cleansers, solvents, pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, butane, aerosol cans, batteries, mercury thermometers, pharmaceuticals, makeup, sharps, fertilizers, oil filters, waste oil and their containers, paints & coatings and their containers, pesticides, batteries, fluorescent tube lights, fire extinguishers, devices containing mercury, syringes, etc.

All items must be carefully packed and clearly labelled.

Sharps must be placed in a plastic container with a lid, i.e. peanut butter container.

No home business, industrial or commercial hazardous wastes will be accepted. Commercial customers are required to make their own disposal arrangements.

The Depot will not accept any radioactive waste and will not accept PCB waste.

In partnership with Safe Communities Kenora, the HHW depot will accept unsafe, damaged baby products, such as:

• baby walkers
• cribs
• car seats (infant, convertible, booster)
• playpens
• strollers
• baby gates
• baby bath seats
• high chairs


Orange Drop is an industry-funded recycling program aimed at keeping hazardous and special waste materials out of Ontario’s landfills and waterways. The Orange Drop Program allows Ontarians to return designated materials to local retail sites and collection events across Ontario.  Please visit Orange Drop website.

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Canada’s Health Products Stewardship Association has made it possible for Ontarians to return unused or expired medications and sharps, free of charge, to many pharmacies in our community. For a list of collection locations near you, visit

Pharmaceuticals/medications/prescription drugs and medical sharps are household hazardous waste and should not be placed in the regular garbage collection