Household Hazardous Waste Day  

Hazardous Waste

Our homes are filled with municipal hazardous waste or special waste (MHSW) materials that need extra care when they’ve reached the end of their useful lives – things like paints, solvents and batteries.

The Municipality of Chatham-Kent, Waste Connections of Canada and the Ridge Landfill hold a Household Hazardous Waste Day each year for residents.  See the downloads on the right for more details regarding this event.

Proper Disposal

Throwing these chemicals in the garbage or pouring them down the drain can be dangerous to our families and our environment. That’s why we encourage everyone to follow the "Bud" rule:

  • Buy only what you need
  • Use it all up
  • Drop off the rest at a local drop off site to be recycled, reprocessed or safely disposed of

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Orange Drop is an industry-funded recycling program aimed at keeping hazardous and special waste materials out of Ontario's landfills and waterways.  The Orange Drop Program allows Ontarians to return designated materials to local Municipal HHW Depots, retail sites and collection events across Ontario.  Visit the Orange Drop website at to find out more!

Please call and confirm acceptance of materials before delivering your item(s).

Drop-Off Sites

The table below shows the available options for properly disposing of various hazardous household waste materials:

Material Type

Drop-Off Location

Antifreeze & Antifreeze Containers

Car and Single-Use Batteries (lead, acid, rechargeable)

Cell Phone Recycling

Cooking Oil

Electronic Waste

  • Staples,  595 Grand Ave. W.,Chatham phone 519.360.1344

  • Chatham-Kent Recycling in Merlin 6584 Middle Line - phone 519.689.4651

  • Habitat for Humanity, 566 Riverview Drive, Chatham; phone # 519.354.0430

  • Future Shop, 802 St Clair St., Chatham; Phone # 519.354.5525

  • Goodwill, 255 Grand Ave West., Chatham;  Phone # 519.351.9486

  • Goodwill, 1416 Dufferin Ave., Wallaceburg; Phone # 519.627.9354

  • HVP Services, 125 Keil Drive South, Chatham; Phone # 519.360.0821

  • Ritchie Recycling, 9430 McNaughton Line, Chatham; Phone # 519.352.1113

  • Chatham-Kent Transfer Stations

Empty Oil Containers                    

1L or 4L only

Fluorescent Bulbs/Tubes

  • Household Hazardous Waste Day
  • Deliver to Western Equipment, 97 St. Clair St., Chatham for nominal fee
  • Dispose of in household garbage

Oil and Oil Filters

Paint, Primer and Stain

  • Rona Cashway, 85 Colborne St., Chatham & 860 Murray St., Wallaceburg

Empty Propane Tanks
  • Canadian Tire, 575 Grand Ave. West, Chatham; Phone # 519.352.8320