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Hazardous Waste and Special Items Disposal

Some items such as hazardous waste, electronics, scrap metals, cooking oil, tires, reusable items, need to be dropped off at specific locations as they require special handling. These items must be brought to one of York Region’s waste drop-off depots as they cannot be picked up through regular curbside collection.

To find out how to properly dispose of an item, please use Bindicator.


Accepted Items and Drop-off Locations

Household Hazardous Waste

Household hazardous waste includes materials that are corrosive, explosive, flammable or poisonous. It is damaging to people and the environment if it gets washed down the drain or thrown in the garbage, as it can contaminate drinking water, soil and the air. Whenever possible, try to use non-hazardous alternatives. If you do use a hazardous material, try to use it all or give the leftovers to someone who will use it.


What is Accepted

  • Aerosol cans (Full or partially full)
  • Anti-freeze
  • Batteries (dry cell and rechargeable)
  • Bleach
  • Brake fluid
  • Cosmetics
  • Detergents
  • Disinfectants
  • Fertilizers
  • Gasoline (containers must be left at depot and will not be returned)
  • Fluorescent tubes and energy efficient bulbs
  • Glues and adhesives
  • Hair dye
  • Hair spray
  • Household cleaners (includes oven, drain, floor, glass and toilet cleaners)
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • Mildew remover
  • Mothballs
  • Motor oil
  • Motor vehicle batteries
  • Nail polish and remover
  • Needles and syringes (must be in puncture-proof containers)
  • Oil filters
  • Paints (liquid and solid)
  • Paint thinner and varnish remover
  • Perfume and cologne
  • Pesticides, insecticides and herbicides
  • Pool chemicals
  • Propane cylinders
  • Rat poison
  • Scouring powder
  • Solvents
  • Sunscreen
  • Thermostats with mercury
  • Turpentine
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Prescription medicines
  • Waxes
  • Windshield washer fluid

NOTE: Residential hazardous waste materials must be in well-labelled, sealed containers. Needles and syringes shall be placed in puncture-proof containers.  Do not mix substances.


What is Not Accepted

  • Explosives and ammunition - please contact your local York Regional Police branch
  • Hazardous waste generated by industrial, commercial and institutional sources
  • PCBs, asbestos, medical and radioactive waste - please contact York Region at 1-866-665-6752 for further disposal information

Drop-Off Locations

Residents can drop-off accepted household hazardous waste items at one of the following Waste Depots:

  • East Gwillimbury Household Hazardous Waste and Recycling Depot
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  • Georgina Waste Transfer Station
  • Markham Household Hazardous Waste Depot
  • McCleary Court Community Environmental Centre

Quantity Limits

Residents may drop off the following quantities of household hazardous waste:

    • 60 litres of household hazardous waste per vehicle per day
    • 20 compact fluorescent tubes per day
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Electronics

Electronics can contain hazardous substances and valuable resources that need to be recycled, reused or disposed of properly. 


What is Accepted

  • Cell phones, telephones, pagers, fax machines
  • Computer towers, laptops, modems, keyboards and mouse
  • Monitors, printers, scanners and typewriters
  • Televisions (limit of two per visit)
  • VCRs, DVD players, radios, stereos and speakers
  • Cameras

NOTE: Please remove all packaging and batteries and remove all personal data on electronics prior to dropping them off for recycling.


What is Not Accepted

  • Air conditioners (take to the appropriate Waste Depots or contact your local municipality)
  • Lawn mowers and gas powered tools
  • Thermostats with mercury (take to a Household Hazardous Waste Depot)
  • Small appliances like microwaves (take to the appropriate Waste Depots or contact your local municipality)
  • Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms
  • Water coolers

Drop-Off Locations

Residents can drop-off accepted electronic waste items at one of the following Waste Depots:

  • East Gwillimbury Household Hazardous Waste and Recycling Depot
  • Elgin Mills Community Environmental Centre
  • Georgina Waste Transfer Station
  • Markham Household Hazardous Waste Depot
  • McCleary Court Community Environmental Centre

Quantity Limits

Per day, residents may drop off a maximum of:

  • Two televisions
  • Four units of computer equipment (for example, one monitor, two hard drives and one laptop would be four units)
  • Unlimited computer accessories including keyboards, mice, cell phones, personal AV systems, software, and home and vehicle audio systems

Liability

The Regional Municipality of York Assumes No Liability. In addition to the Region's limitation of liability provisions on this website, please note that the Region is not responsible for any loss related to the access and misuse of personal information on recycled materials for unintended purposes including identity theft, or any other personal injury or pecuniary loss. It is the resident's obligation to protect their personal information and it is highly recommended that all data from computers and laptops, SIM cards and other storage devices in cell phones, digital cameras or digital printers be removed and wiped clean prior to dropping them off for recycling reuse or refurbishment.

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Scrap Metal

For scrap metal items not collected at the curb residents can recycle them at one of our waste depots.


What is Accepted

  • Barbeques
  • Bicycles
  • Dishwashers
  • Dryers
  • Electric typewriters
  • Empty metal gas tanks for boats
  • Furnaces (filters removed)
  • Hot water tanks
  • Humidifiers
  • Lawnmowers (all fluids must be removed)
  • Metal bathtubs
  • Metal power tools
  • Metal swing sets
  • Metal shower enclosures
  • Microwave ovens
  • Pool heaters
  • Refrigerated appliances, such as air conditioners, freezers, refrigerators (A fee of $20 for removal of chlorofluorocarbons (CFC) may apply)
  • Stoves
  • Toaster ovens
  • Toasters
  • Washing machines

What is Not Accepted

  • Compressed gas cylinders
  • Lawnmowers and gas powered tools containing fluids
  • Light ballasts
  • Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms

Drop-Off Locations

You can drop off scrap metal items at one of the following Waste Depots:

  • East Gwillimbury Household Hazardous Waste and Recycling Depot
  • Elgin Mills Community Environmental Centre
  • Georgina Waste Transfer Station
  • McCleary Court Community Environmental Centre
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Cooking Oil

Costly sewage pipe repairs take place each year in York Region due to fat, oil, and grease washed down the drain; this has a significant impact on our municipal infrastructure and can pose serious health and environmental hazards. Liquid cooking oil like vegetable oil, canola oil, sunflower oil and olive oil can be recycled into biodiesel. Cooking oil must be dropped off at one of the York Region drop-off depots in a tightly sealed container.


What is Accepted

  • Canola oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Corn oil
  • Grapeseed oil
  • Olive oil
  • Palm oil
  • Peanut oil
  • Soybean oil
  • Safflower oil
  • Sesame oil
  • Sunflower oil
  • Vegetable oil

What is Not Accepted

  • Animal fat
  • Butter
  • Gravies
  • Lard
  • Margarine
  • Salad dressings
  • Sauces
  • Shortening

NOTE: Animal fat (solid) and other food products can be placed in the Green Bin.


Quantity Limits

Residents may drop off:

  • Used cooking oil (maximum 4L per day)

Drop-Off Locations

You can drop off accepted used cooking oil at one of the following Waste Depots:

  • East Gwillimbury Household Hazardous Waste and Recycling Depot
  • Elgin Mills Community Environmental Centre
  • Georgina Waste Transfer Station
  • Markham Household Hazardous Waste Depot
  • McCleary Court Community Environmental Centre

Download a copy of what can you do to prevent fats, oil and grease from going down the drain.

Watch the Singing Sewermen from Thames Water sing about the 12 Blockages 

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Tires

Residents can drop off tires free of charge at three locations in York Region. 


What is Accepted

  • Passenger and light truck tires on or off the rim.
  • Tractor tires

What is Not Accepted

  • Tires from industrial, commercial, and institutional sources

Quantity Limits

A limit of four residential tires can be dropped off per day, on or off the rim.


Drop-Off Locations

Residents can drop off tires at one of the following Waste Depots:

  • Elgin Mills Community Environmental Centre
  • Georgina Waste Transfer Station
  • McCleary Court Community Environmental Centre

Businesses are encouraged to register as collectors with Ontario Tire Stewardship.  Registered businesses can arrange for free pick up of used tires for recycling and will be reimbursed a collection fee, depending on the number and type of tires collected.  For more information, please visit the Ontario Tire Stewardship website or call 1-888-OTS-2202.

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Reusable Goods

Rather than throwing something in the garbage, consider donating items in good, gently used condition to charity groups so they can be reused by people who need them. 

NOTICE: Goodwill Donation Centres are closed at York Region Community Environmental Centres until further notice. Please visit york.ca/bindicator for alternate reuse options.

For residents looking to donate the furniture:

  1. Contact other charities
  2. Post an ad on reuse websites such as Freecycle.org
  3. Contact your local municipality to arrange for curbside collection as garbage
  4. Drop off the furniture at McCleary Court or Elgin Mills CECs or Georgina Transfer Station to dispose as garbage (fees apply)

Other Reuse Programs

Eyeglasses

Eyeglasses can be donated for reuse. Contact your local ophthalmologist, optician or optometrist to see if they collect used eyeglasses.

Eyeglasses are also collected through a partnership between Goodwill of Greater Toronto and the Maple Lions Club. Eyeglasses are sorted by Lions Club volunteers and distributed to people in need in developing countries through the Lions Recycle for Sight program. Visit the Lion Clubs International website to learn more.

Used Computers

Older computers in working condition can be refurbished and either supplied to those in need or resold with the proceeds going to support your community. Please remove all personal data on electronics prior to dropping them off for recycling reuse or refurbishment.

Both the Maple Lions Club and the Salvation Army Thrift Stores accept computers.

Maple Lions Club
For drop off information contact Lion Dale.
Email: lionsewaste@gmail.com
Telephone: 289-553-3863

Salvation Army Thrift Stores
Find a store on the Salvation Army website.


Liability

The Regional Municipality of York Assumes No Liability. In addition to the Region's limitation of liability provisions on this website, please note that the Region is not responsible for any loss related to the access and misuse of personal information on donated electronic materials for unintended purposes including identity theft, or any other personal injury or pecuniary loss. It is the donor's obligation to protect their personal information and it is highly recommended that all data from computers and laptops, SIM cards and other storage devices in cell phones, digital cameras or digital printers be removed and wiped clean prior to dropping same off for refurbishment or reuse.

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Foam Packaging

Why is foam packaging not accepted in York Region’s Blue Box program?

Foam packaging used for take-out foods for example, is difficult for curbside collection. It is a low-density, high volume material that quickly fills up collection vehicles resulting in higher shipping costs. Additionally, processing foam packaging at the Material Recovery Facility (MRF) with other Blue Box recyclables can be challenging as it tends to get broken or can develop a static charge. This makes sorting difficult and can result in cross-contamination of other recyclables.

There are limited available end markets for recycling foam packaging at this time. York Region staff continues to monitor market conditions.

Are there any depots in York Region that accept foam packaging for recycling?

Yes, large, clean foam packaging typically used to package TVs and large electronics is accepted for recycling at:.

Georgina Transfer Station
23068 Warden Avenue
Georgina, Ontario
L4P 3E9

Elgin Mills CEC
1124 Elgin Mills Road East
Richmond Hill, Ontario
L4S 1M7

McCleary Court CEC
130 McCleary Court
Vaughan, Ontario
L4K 1W8

View York Region depot hours

What types of foam packaging is not accepted at York Region CECs?

York Region does not accept any foam packaging (polystyrene foam) used in food packaging such as meat trays, plates, cups or packing peanuts. These items go in the garbage.

What happens to the foam packaging collected at York Region CECs?

Foam packaging dropped off for recycling at York Region’s CECs is delivered to a company called W.R. Grace in Ajax, ON, which recycles the foam packaging into foam insulation for the construction industry.

Why can we put hard plastics labelled with a #6 recycling symbol in the Blue Box but not foam packaging? It has the same #6 recycling symbol.

Foam packaging, or "foamed" polystyrene is a type of plastic (#6). Not all plastics are created equally so processing and end market demand for materials vary. Non-foamed, #6 hard plastic such as clear clam shell food containers do have an end market demand. This is why it can be recycled in the curbside Blue Box program in York Region. 

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Medications and Prescriptions

Take back your waste pharmaceuticals and sharps to your local participating pharmacy for proper disposal. Most pharmacies will take back unused/expired pharmaceuticals.

Traces of pharmaceuticals are being detected in rivers, lakes, drinking water and soil. One of the ways they get into the environment is when medications and other personal care products are thrown in the garbage, flushed down the toilet or the sink. Taking preventative action by disposing of pharmaceuticals safely, helps protect our drinking water sources and our ecosystems. Visit I Don't Flush for more information.


What is Accepted

  • Prescription medications
  • Over-the-counter medications
  • Natural healthcare products including vitamins and homeopathic remedies

NOTE: Needles and syringes must be in puncture-proof containers. Do not mix substances.


Drop Off Locations

Residents may drop off medications at participating pharmacies or at one of the following Waste Depots:

  • East Gwillimbury Household Hazardous Waste and Recycling Depot
  • Georgina Household Hazardous Waste Depot
  • Markham Household Hazardous Waste Depot
  • McCleary Court Community Environmental Centre
  • Find a local participating pharmacy

 

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