Household Hazardous Waste Depot


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100 Kitchener Street, Orillia, ON L3V 6Z9

Phone: 705-325-3522
Fax: 705-326-1339

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Leftover paints, old medicines, batteries, and motor oil are all part of a long list of items classified as household hazardous wastes. If not disposed of properly, they can be harmful to human health and the environment. Pouring hazardous waste down the drain may corrode plumbing, release toxic fumes, poison septic tanks, destroy sewage treatment organisms, and contaminate surface and groundwater.

Residents of Orillia and the Townships of Oro-Medonte, Severn, and Ramara can take these items to the Household Hazardous Waste Depot at the Waste Diversion Site, free of charge.

View our Solid Waste Collection Calendar. Please also note that the City's Household Hazardous Waste Depot now also accepts helium and expanding foam tanks at no charge.

View our Instructional Video on Orillia's Household Hazardous Waste Depot and Electronics Recycling Depot.

The City is part of Stewardship Ontario's Orange Drop Program. Orange Drop is a recycling program aimed at keeping hazardous and special waste materials, such as old paint and batteries, out of Ontario's landfills and waterways. The Orange Drop program ensures that the materials you drop off are recycled or otherwise disposed of in a safe and environmentally friendly way. Since the program is industry funded, it means you do not pay the costs in your property taxes, and your participation helps to keep toxic items out of the landfill. Visit the Make the Drop website for more details. 

Safe Disposal of Used Needles

Needles/syringes used for injection at home can be accepted for disposal at the Household Hazardous Waste Depot at the City's Waste Diversion Site. Place needles/syringes inside a proper "sharps" container (yellow in colour). Please do not place needles/syringes in your garbage bag or can. Doing so is a safety hazard for our collection staff.

You can now return unused sharps (needles & syringes) for free to a local pharmacy. For a list of collection locations near you, visit the Health Products Stewardship Association Website.

For more information on the safe disposal of needles, please visit the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit Website.

Safe Disposal of Unused or Expired Medication

Old medicine may not work and could even harm you and must be disposed of safely. This includes all prescription and non-prescription medications, vitamins and herbal products.

These types of products must not be thrown in the garbage (children or animals may get into it) nor should they be flushed down the toilet (this will contaminate the environment).

You can now return unused or expired medications for free to a local pharmacy. For a list of collection locations near you, visit the Health Products Stewardship Association Website. Alternatively, you can take all unused or expired medications to the Household Hazardous Waste Depot for free safe disposal.

Business Customers- Hazardous Waste

Please note the City of Orillia is not licensed to accept hazardous waste from businesses, institutions or the industrial sector at the Waste Diversion Site's Household Hazardous Waste Depot.  Below is the contact information to help you find the most appropriate way to recycle or properly dispose of your hazardous waste.

General Hazardous Waste Materials (oil, ballasts, paint, batteries, pharmaceuticals, etc.)

  • Buckham Transport  1-800-563-1142

Fluorescent Tubes & Other Lights

  • Recycling Council of Ontario program "Take Back the Light"  416-657-2797 (Ext. 7)
  • Ontario Lamp Recyclers Inc  647-992-5267
  • Aevitas Inc  1-800.324.8997

Radioactive Waste

  • Overwatch Inc  905-333-1277


  • Aevitas Inc  1-800.324.8997

Propane Tanks

  • Simcoe Energy & Technical Services  1-800-361-7967

Other Tanks (helium, acetylene, oxygen)

  • Please return to the manufacturer.

Orange Drop Logo - When it doubt, don't throw it out. Make the drop.

Instructional Video on Orillia's Household Hazardous Waste Depot and Electronics Recycling Depot

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