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Household Hazardous Waste

What is Household Hazardous Waste?

Household Hazardous Waste is defined as any household products that contain corrosive, toxic, flammable, or reactive components. This class of waste does not include hazardous waste material that is generated at a place of business (commercial hazardous waste).

When incorrectly disposed of these products can be harmful or dangerous as they may be flamable, corrosive, explosive or toxic. Municipal sewage systems and private septic systems do not filter or remove these products from our wastewater, allowing the possibility of hazardous substances to enter our waterways. Special handling and treatment should be taken for proper disposal.  Please avoid pouring substances down the drain or on the ground, discarding them into the storm sewer or placing them in your garbage can.

Not sure what products this includes? Check out this list of Common HHW Materials!

This does not include materials currently managed by BC's stewardship agencies. Find this list at www.bcrecycles.ca

Where to Dispose of Household Hazardous Waste

The RDNO has established an Eco Depot that Residents use to drop off Household Hazardous Waste free of charge. Interior Freight and Bottle Depot located at 4205 24ave, Vernon accepts a large variety of hazardous wastes. 

The RDNO Eco Depo,t at Interior Freight and Bottle Depot, provides residents with a convenient, year round drop off location for HHW.

Material Management

The HHW collected and managed by Interior Freight & Bottle Depot are carefully placed into drums, or palletized and stored prior to shopping to an approved disposal facility in accordance with regulations (e.g. Transportation of Dangerous Goods, Hazardous Waste, WorkSafe BC). Signage is posted to assists customers, and Depot staff are available to assist when needed. Eye wash, spill kits, first aid kits and hand washing sinks are available for emergencies and incidents. Please follow all signage and staff direction. 

The following HHW items are handled, or soon will be handled, at the Eco Depot:

Remember: A product is hazardous if the words Danger, Warning or Caution appear on the product label. Hazardous material can be toxic, flammable, corrosive, or reactive or any combination thereof. Improper disposal of HHW can be hazardous and can pose an environmental risk.

Residents should take precautions when transporting HHW for disposal:

  • Make sure containers have a tight fitting lid to prevent leaks,
  • If possible, keep the material in the original container so it can be easily identified. Unlabelled products may not be accepted.
  • Place your items in a sturdy box and keep the box upright to prevent spills, do not pack materials in plastic bags, and
  • Transport HHW in the trunk of your vehicle, away from children, food or pets.

For more information about how and where to dispose of household hazardous waste, call the BC Recycling Hotline at 1.800.667.4321 or visit the Recycling Council of British Columbia website.

Quantities Accepted

The RDNO Eco Depot will not accept large quantities of HHW at one time from a single resident. An acceptable amount for one resident to bring is maximum one banker box in size. 

No estate or farm clean up/out quantities will be accepted without pre-approval and a completed Large Quanitity HHW Disposal Approval form.