First of seven Special Waste Drop-off Days begins April 20

Spring cleaning? If so, you might want to mark April 20 on your calendar. On Saturday, April 20, Halton Region will hold the first of seven Special Waste Drop-off Days throughout the community.

In 2012, 128 tonnes of electronic waste and 108 tonnes of household hazardous waste were dropped off at Halton’s Special Waste Drop-off Days.

In 2012, 128 tonnes of electronic waste and 108 tonnes of household hazardous waste were dropped off at Halton’s Special Waste Drop-off Days.

Special Waste Drop-off Days help make the recycling of electronic waste and recycling and safe disposal of household hazardous waste more convenient. The first event will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Halton Regional Centre located at 1151 Bronte Road in Oakville.

Halton already has one of the highest residential diversion rates in the Province.

Single-family households continue to divert 60% of waste away from the landfill through curbside and special waste drop-off programs, up from 40% in 2007.

Household hazardous waste items, dropped off at Special Waste Drop-off Days, are processed and diverted from the landfill, helping to conserve one of Halton’s most valuable physical assets. By dropping off household hazardous waste and electronic items, we can help extend the life of Halton’s landfill, saving taxpayers $15 million.

To learn more about Halton’s efforts to extend the life of the landfill and why it’s so important, visit the Halton Recycles blog.

For more information about dates and times regarding upcoming Special Waste Drop-off Days and details about which items are acceptable for drop off, dial 311 or visit www.halton.ca/dropoff.

If you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton or on Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”

Waste Reduction Week: Celebrating the Halton Waste Management Site

If you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton or on Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”

Last Special Waste Drop-off Day for 2012

Halton Region has now held six of seven Special Waste Drop-off Days planned for 2012 to make the recycling and safe disposal of household hazardous waste and electronic waste more convenient for residents. The events, held free of charge have been held at various locations throughout each of the four local municipalities in the Region.

The final Special Waste Drop-off Day for 2012 will take place on:

  • Saturday, October 20 (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) at the Mohawk Racetrack (parking lot), 9430 Guelph Line, Campbellville

Recycling and the proper disposal of household hazardous waste and electronic waste are important to protecting the environment.  Special Waste Drop-off Days were designed to provide Halton residents with a convenient opportunity to safely recycle and dispose of these items which should not be placed in the garbage.

Accepted for drop-off, free of charge, include items such as pesticides, paint, motor oil, antifreeze, propane tanks, computers, stereos, TVs, DVD players and VCRs.  No commercial waste products are accepted. A complete listing of acceptable and unacceptable items can be found at http://www.halton.ca/waste.

Residents who are unable to attend this remaining event may drop off acceptable household hazardous waste (20 L maximum) and electronic items (5 items maximum) free of charge, year round, at the Halton Waste Management Site, 5400 Regional Road 25, Milton, Monday to Saturday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

To learn more about the Special Waste Drop-off Days, please access Halton Region by dialing 311 or 905-825-6000, toll free 1-866-442-5866, TTY 905-827-9833 or visit http://www.halton.ca/waste. You can also stay connected with Halton’s Waste Management team on social media by visiting:

As always, if you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton or on Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”

Bring your family and friends to the Halton Waste Management Site on Saturday, Sept. 29 and help celebrate the landfill’s 20th anniversary

On Saturday, September 29, 2012 Halton Region’s landfill site turns 20!!  To help celebrate this important milestone, residents of all ages are invited to attend a community drop-in at the Halton Waste Management Site located at 5400 Regional Road 25 in Milton.  Everyone is welcome to drop-in between the hours of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and enjoy the official cake cutting at 12 noon.

At the open house you will have the opportunity to:

  • have a guided tour of the state of the art Waste Management Site (30 mins)
  • see the landfill machinery up close and in action
  • take part in an environmental craft provided by Conservation Halton
  • learn about the importance of waste diversion and protecting the environment
  • enjoy a cash BBQ provided by the Lion’s Club of Milton
  • bring an old electronics item to the event like a television, computer, laptop or VCR for recycling and receive a free lunch voucher to be used while at the event (limit one voucher per family)

This milestone event marks the 20th anniversary of Halton Region’s landfill site which opened in 1992 and was expected to last only 20 years or until the year 2012. Thanks to the efforts of Halton residents participating in Halton’s waste diversion programs like the Blue Box and GreenCart, I am proud to say the landfill life is now projected to the year 2040!

The open house will also launch a pilot project for an Orange Box to collect household hazardous waste such as garden chemicals, cleaning products, medications, paint and stain. The first 500 residents who attend the open house and who would like to participate in this pilot project will receive one Orange Box to use at their home to store and transport household hazardous waste to the Halton Waste Management Site. While the Orange Box is the same size as a standard Blue Box, the Orange Box is not to be placed at the curb for collection. This pilot project will determine whether the Orange Box assists residents in the diversion of their household hazardous waste products.

If you plan to attend the open house with your family and friends please email hwms20@halton.ca to confirm your attendance.  The open house is wheelchair accessible and there is free parking on-site.

You can learn more about the upcoming 20th anniversary open house by visiting www.halton.ca/hwms20.  You can also follow Halton Waste Management on Twitter @HaltonRecycles (event hash tag #hwms20), on Facebook (search Halton Waste Management Site’s 20th Anniversary), visit the blog at www.haltonrecycles.ca and watch HaltonRecycles on YouTube.

As always, if you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton or on Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”

First Four Special Waste Drop-off Days a Success

Halton Region has held four of seven Special Waste Drop-off Days planned for 2012 to make the recycling and safe disposal of household hazardous waste and electronic waste more convenient for residents. The events, held free of charge, typically run from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at locations throughout each of the four local municipalities in the Region.

Recycling and the proper disposal of household hazardous waste and electronic waste are important to protecting the environment.  Special Waste Drop-off Days were designed to provide Halton residents with a convenient opportunity to safely recycle and dispose of these items which are often placed in the garbage.

At the four Special Waste Drop-off Days held to date this year, approximately 51 tonnes of e-waste and 42 tonnes of household hazardous waste were collected from over 3,500 vehicles! This is a great achievement for Halton’s landfill site and the environment.

An additional three Drop-off Days will take place in 2012 on the following dates:

  • Saturday, August 25 (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) – Burlington Closed Landfill, 291 North Service Road, Burlington 
  • Saturday, September 22 (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) – Suncor Energy, 3275 Rebecca St., Oakville
  • Saturday, October 20 (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) – Mohawk Racetrack (parking lot), 9430 Guelph Line, Campbellville 

Accepted for drop-off, free of charge, include items such as pesticides, paint, motor oil, antifreeze, propane tanks, computers, stereos, TVs, DVD players and VCRs.  No commercial waste products are accepted. A complete listing of acceptable and unacceptable items can be found at www.halton.ca/waste.

Residents who are unable to attend one of these remaining events may drop off acceptable household hazardous waste (20 L maximum) and electronic items (5 items maximum) free of charge at the Halton Waste Management Site, 5400 Regional Road 25, Milton, Monday to Saturday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

To learn more about the Special Waste Drop-off Days, please contact Halton Region by dialing 311 or 905-825-6000, toll free 1-866-442-5866, TTY 905-827-9833 or visit www.halton.ca/waste. You can also follow Halton Waste Management on Twitter @HaltonRecycles and visit their blog at http://www.haltonrecyles.ca.

As always, if you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton or on Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report”.

Special Waste Drop-off Days Begin April 21

On Saturday, April 21, Halton Region is holding the first of seven Special Waste Drop-off Days to make the recycling and safe disposal of household hazardous waste and electronic waste more convenient for residents. This event will run from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Sheridan College parking lot located at1430 Trafalgar Road in Oakville.

Recycling and the proper disposal of household hazardous waste and electronic waste are important to protecting the environment.  Special Waste Drop-off Days were designed to provide Halton residents with a convenient opportunity to safely recycle and dispose of these items which are all too often placed in the garbage.

At the four Special Waste Drop-off Days held in 2011 83 tonnes of e-waste and 65 tonnes of household hazardous waste were processed and diverted from the landfill. As a result of this success, an additional three Drop-off Days will take place in 2012 for a total of seven events. This expansion of Special Waste Drop-off Days is also an initiative of Halton’s 2012-2016 Solid Waste Management Strategy.

Items which are accepted for drop-off, free of charge, include products such as pesticides, paint, motor oil, antifreeze, propane tanks, computers, stereos, TVs, DVD players and VCRs.  No commercial waste products are accepted. A complete listing of acceptable and unacceptable items can be found at www.halton.ca/waste.

Halton Region will also host Special Waste Drop-off Days on the following dates:

  • Saturday, April 28 (8 a.m. to 2 p.m.) – Robert C. Austin Operations Centre,11620 Trafalgar Rd. Georgetown. (This event will run in conjunction with the Town of Halton Hills’ Earth Day celebration)
  • Saturday, June 16 (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) – Burlington Closed Landfill, 291 North Service Road, Burlington 
  • Saturday, June 23 (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) – Acton Public Works Yard, 1 Commerce Crescent, Acton
  • Saturday, August 25 (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) -Burlington Closed Landfill, 291 North Service Road, Burlington 
  • Saturday, September 22 (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) – Suncor Energy Facility,3275 Rebecca St., Oakville
  • Saturday, October 20 (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) – Mohawk Racetrack (parking lot), 9430 Guelph Line, Campbellville 

Residents who are unable to attend one of these events may drop off acceptable household hazardous waste (20 L maximum) and electronic items (5 items maximum) free of charge at the Halton Waste Management Site, 5400 Regional Road 25, Milton, Monday to Saturday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

To learn more about the Special Waste Drop-off Days, please contact Halton Region by dialing 311 or 905-825-6000, toll free 1-866-442-5866, TTY 905-827-9833 or visit www.halton.ca/waste. You can also follow Halton Waste Management on Twitter @HaltonRecycles and visit their blog at http://www.haltonrecyles.ca.

If you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report”.