WHAT IS HAZARDOUS WASTE?
The Federal Government defines hazardous waste as "those wastes which, due to their nature and quantity, are potentially hazardous to human health and/or the environment and which require special disposal techniques to eliminate or reduce the hazard".
Some hazardous wastes that are commonly found around the house include:
***Do not place hazardous materials in your regular garbage stream, or
dispose of them through the sanitary or storm sewers. These substances can adversely impact air, soil and water quality, as well as human health.
RESIDENTIAL HAZARDOUS WASTE DISPOSAL:
Household Hazardous Waste Day - held annually in October.
This is a free service offered to all Chilliwack residents to dispose of their hazardous waste in an environmentally responsible manner.
Chilliwack Bottle Depot 45934 Tretheway Avenue
Accepts certain residential household hazardous waste including solvents, flammable products, pesticides and old paint.
Sardis Bottle Depot 45635B Lark Road
Accepts certain residential household hazardous waste including electronic waste (ie: computer parts, monitors, TVs, scanners) and old paints.
For an extensive list of items accepted for recycling click here.
COMMERCIAL HAZARDOUS WASTE DISPOSAL:
Businesses with hazardous wastes should contact a Hazardous Waste Collection Company. Look in the Yellow Pages under Waste Reduction and Disposal Services. Please note that commercial hazardous wastes are not accepted at the Chilliwack Bottle Depot, Sardis Bottle Depot or the annual Household Hazardous Waste Day.
A VARIETY OF HAZARDOUS WASTE MATERIALS CAN BE DISPOSED OF YEAR-ROUND, INCLUDING:
Waste Motor Oil/Antifreeze
Used oil filters, used plastic oil containers (1 to 30 litre size), and used oil are now recycled at designated return collection points free of charge. These materials pose a potential environmental hazard and must be disposed of properly.
For information on where to recycle waste oil, please visit www.usedoilrecycling.com or call the Recycling Council of BC (RCBC) Hotline at 1-800-667-4321.
Wet Cell (car batteries) - can be dropped off at the Chilliwack Bottle Depot and Sardis Bottle Depot for recycling, free of charge.
Household batteries - visit http://www.call2recycle.ca/british-columbia/ for a list of locations accepting batteries for recycling, free of charge. Batteries can also be recycled at the Bailey Landfill Recycling Depot, free of charge.
Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFLs)
CFLs can be returned to Canadian Tire, Rona, London Drugs, or the Chilliwack Bottle Depot for safe disposal and recovery of mercury vapour.
Gypsum Wallboard (Gyproc)
The Bailey Sanitary Landfill will accept source separated gypsum wallboard for recycling. The cost for this service is $125/tonne.
Expired and unused prescription medications, cold treatments, herbal products and vitamins should be returned to the pharmacy where purchased. More information on this program can be obtained at www.medicationsreturn.ca.