The Household Hazardous Waste facility will close for this year’s season, with its final Thursday operation on November 25 and the last Saturday on November 27 at 196 Lappan’s Lane.
Kingston residents can drop off household hazardous materials there between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Thursdays and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays until the end of the month. The facility will reopen on Saturday, April 2, 2011.
Citizens are asked to ensure household waste is checked for items like batteries and compact fluorescent light bulbs before attending the facility, and suitable materials should be brought in their original container if possible.
Other local facilities that collect certain household hazardous waste items year round – including batteries and paint cans – can be found listed at makethedrop.ca . The website indicates which household hazardous waste items are accepted at which location and lists any applicable handling instructions that are recommended
The city reports that hazardous materials should never be thrown out with regular garbage or poured down a drain or toilet. During winter months, they should be stored in their original containers in a cool, dry place safely away from food, children or pets.
Household waste can include: medications, pesticides, batteries (single-use, rechargeable and automotive), solvents, pool chemicals, paint thinners, removers or strippers, paint, paint thinners, oven cleaners, bleach, drain cleaners, ammonia, oil and oil containers, antifreeze, propane cylinders, needles and syringes and compact fluorescent light bulbs.
Warning labels and instructions on products should be reviewed and potentially hazardous materials should be handled with caution.
Residents unsure if a waste item is hazardous can go to www.cityofkingston.ca/wastelookup and enter it in the Waste Sorting Lookup tool to find out.
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