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Household hazardous waste facility opens for season on Thursdays and Saturdays

March 29, 2016 -

The household hazardous waste facility opens for the season on Saturday, April 2. The facility, at the Kingston Area Recycling Centre (KARC) at 196 Lappan's Lane, is open April through November:

  • 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Thursday
  • 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday

The paint table returns to the facility this year.  Bring your unwanted, partially-filled paint cans to the table – or browse the leftover paints for a colour that suits your project.

Please bring proof of residency (i.e. a driver's licence) when dropping off household hazardous waste.  For reporting purposes, the City of Kingston tracks whether facility visitors are from Kingston or another nearby community.

Certain household hazardous waste items can be dropped off at other locations.

  • Compact fluorescent light bulbs contain mercury and are hazardous waste. They can be brought to the household hazardous waste facility or the KARC administrative office.
  • Batteries may be dropped off at City Hall, 216 Ontario St.; the INVISTA Centre, 1350 Gardiners Rd.; KARC, 196 Lappan's Lane; or see www.call2recycle.org or www.rawmaterials.com for battery recycling drop-off locations.
  • Expired or unused pharmaceuticals and your needles:  www.healthsteward.ca/returns/ontario   If you find a needle, do not touch it. Contact KFL&A Public Health via the Street Health Centre at 613-549-1440 to report its location.
  • See Stewardship Ontario's www.makethedrop.ca to find a list of retailers that take some household hazardous waste items.

About household hazardous waste

Never put hazardous material in with regular garbage or recycling and never pour it down a drain or toilet. Store hazardous material in original containers in a cool, dry place safely away from food, children or pets until you can bring it to the household hazardous waste facility.

Look for warning labels and instructions on products and handle any potentially hazardous materials with care. Do not mix hazardous materials and, when possible, bring items in their original containers.

Don't know where it goes? www.CityofKingston.ca/wastelookup

Residents are reminded City bylaws prohibit the illegal disposal of waste and interfering with waste put out for disposal (see www.CityofKingston.ca/city-hall/bylaw-enforcement).

About the City of Kingston

The City of Kingston provides municipal services to 120,000 residents living in this visually stunning, historic city, often ranked one of the best places to live in Canada. Our vision – to become Canada's most sustainable city – focusses our efforts on: environmental responsibility, social equity, economic health and cultural vitality. Please visit www.CityofKingston.ca and join the conversation on social media.

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Media contact: For more information call the communications department at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.