Household Hazardous Waste facility to close for the season

November 15, 2023

The last drop-off days for the year at the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) facility at the Kingston Area Recycling Centre (KARC), 196 Lappan’s Lane, will be Saturday, Nov. 25, and Thursday, Nov. 30. 

See for a list of retailers who accept certain hazardous waste items year-round.  

Before heading out to the Household Hazardous Waste facility: 

  • Check your household for hazardous waste items like pesticides, batteries (single-use, rechargeable and automotive), solvents, pool chemicals, removers or strippers, paint, paint thinners, oven cleaners, bleach, drain cleaners, ammonia, motor oil and motor oil containers, antifreeze, propane cylinders and compact fluorescent light bulbs. See a full list at
  • Bring proof of residency. The City reports on households that visit the facility from Kingston, as well as from adjacent municipalities. Proof of residency (i.e., driver’s license, health card, etc.) is required upon delivery of household hazardous waste 

Never put hazardous waste in the garbage or down the drain. Look for warning labels and instructions on products and handle any potentially hazardous materials with care. Do not mix hazardous materials and, when possible, bring items in their original containers.  

Medications, batteries and compact fluorescent bulbs can be disposed of as follows: 

  • Medications: return unused or expired medications and sharps for free to participating pharmacies in Kingston. For a list of collection locations near you, please visit
  • Batteries: Drop off batteries (single-use and rechargeable only) any time during operating hours at: City Hall, 216 Ontario St.; INVISTA Centre, 1350 Gardiners Rd.; or the main office at KARC. 
  • Compact fluorescent bulbs: These are accepted year-round in the main office at KARC. 
Residents: Submit a request or question about municipal programs and services online or by calling Customer Services at 613-546-0000 Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. City staff will aim to respond within two business days.Members of the media: For more information, call the City of Kingston Communications and Customer Experience department at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.
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