The Kingston Area Recycling Centre (KARC), located at 196 Lappan’s Lane, is set to hold its final Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) drop-off days for the year on Saturday, Nov. 25, and Thursday, Nov. 30.
Prior to visiting the HHW facility, individuals should search their homes for items such as pesticides, various types of batteries, solvents, pool chemicals, removers, paint and its thinners, oven cleaners, bleach, drain cleaners, ammonia, motor oil and its containers, antifreeze, propane cylinders, and compact fluorescent light bulbs. A comprehensive list of items accepted at the facility is available at CityofKingston.ca/HHW.
It is mandatory for visitors to the facility to bring proof of residency, as the City monitors the usage of the facility by households from Kingston and neighboring municipalities. Acceptable forms of proof include a driver’s license or health card.
The City strongly advises against disposing of hazardous waste in regular garbage or drains. Residents should carefully read warning labels and follow instructions on products, avoid mixing hazardous materials, and, when possible, bring them in their original containers for disposal.
Visit the Resource Productivity and Recovery website for information on retailers accepting certain hazardous waste items throughout the year.
For specific categories of hazardous waste, alternative disposal methods are recommended:
- Medications: Unused or expired medications, along with sharps, can be returned free of charge to participating pharmacies in Kingston. [List of collection locations].
- Batteries: Single-use and rechargeable batteries can be dropped off anytime during operating hours at City Hall (216 Ontario St.), INVISTA Centre (1350 Gardiners Rd.), or the main office at KARC.
- Compact fluorescent bulbs: These can be disposed of year-round at the main office at KARC.