Household Special Waste
What is Household Special Waste?
Household Special Waste Depot
Hours of Operation
Household Special Waste Depot
Cost to take materials to the Household Special Waste Depot?
Who can use the Household Special Waste Depot?
Where Can I Recycle
Electronics and Appliances?
Handling Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs
Waste Management By-Law (WM-12)
Household Special Waste (HSW) is any material that is corrosive, flammable, ignitable or reactive
as seen in the chart below. All households put together have very large - and
potentially harmful - quantities of these items if not managed safely. Stewardship Ontario
has developed a website to serve as a one-stop resource for these special
wastes. 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 Municipal HSW Depots,
retail sites and collection events across Ontario. Visit the
Orange Drop website.
HSW in the Home
HSW in the Garage
HSW in the Yard
|drain cleaners||brake fluid||insecticides|
|flea powder||glues||pool chemicals|
|compact fluorescent lights (CFLs)||motor oil||propane tanks & cylinders|
fluorescent tubes||car care products|
|nail polish & remover||turpentine|
|photographic chemicals||paint thinners, solvents|
It is important to keep these items out of our landfill and properly managed
for disposal. Please note that empty paint cans (with the lids removed) can be recycled in your
The Household Special Waste Depot is open
Tuesday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Depot is not open
Sundays, Mondays and on statutory holidays.
The Household Special Waste Depot is located at the City's
Site, 3502 Manning Drive, five kilometers south of Hwy. 401, west of Wellington Road.
There is no charge.
Depot is open to all London residents and businesses disposing of small
quantities of HSW. Businesses disposing of household special waste need to
complete the Small Quantity
Exemption Approval Form. This form lists the maximum amount of
material that can be accepted from a business. Businesses with large
quantities cannot use the Depot and must dispose of their special waste with a private contractor according to provincial regulations.
The Household Special Waste Depot also accepts electronics, TVs, monitors and tires for recycling.
For a complete list of locations to recycle electronics, visit
Electronics. Fridges, freezers, air conditioners, dehumidifiers and water coolers may be
dropped off at the W12A Landfill Site (and also the
EnviroDepots) for recycling at no charge.
Compact fluorescent light bulbs are a popular choice for consumers today
because of their energy saving benefits; however they contain a small amount of
mercury and therefore should NEVER be put in your garbage or blue box.
CFLs and fluorescent tubes are accepted at the Household Special Waste Depot and
EnviroDepots as well as some local retailers
like Canadian Tire. Check our
Reuse & Recycling pamphlet (PDF) for other locations. If you are a business or institution with
fluorescent tubes or bulbs to dispose of, please visit
Take Back the Light
for simple and low-cost recycling solutions. For further
information on CFLs and safe handling, please refer to
Natural Resources Canada Office of Energy Efficiency website.
If you require more information, please contact us at 519 661-5803 during business hours or by .