Household hazardous waste is any product that is poisonous, corrosive, flammable, or explosive. It includes:

  • Aerosol cans (Full or partially full)
  • Anti-freeze and it's container
  • Batteries (dry cell and rechargeable)
  • Bleach
  • Brake fluid
  • Cosmetics
  • Detergents
  • Disinfectants
  • Fertilizers and their containers
  • Gasoline (containers must be left at depot and will not be returned)
  • Flea/tick collars
  • Fluorescent tubes and energy efficient bulbs
  • Glues and adhesives
  • Hair dye, hair spray
  • Household cleaners (includes oven, drain, floor, glass and toilet cleaners)
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • Mildew remover
  • Mothballs
  • Motor oil
  • Motor vehicle batteries
  • Nail polish and remover
  • Needles and syringes (must be in puncture-proof containers)
  • Oil filters
  • Paints (liquid and solid)
  • Paint thinner and varnish remover
  • Perfume and cologne
  • Pesticides, insecticides and herbicides
  • Pool chemicals
  • Propane cylinders
  • Rat poison
  • Scouring powder
  • Solvents
  • Sunscreen
  • Thermostats with mercury
  • Turpentine
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Prescription medicines and over-the-counter drugs
  • Waxes
  • Windshield washer fluid


  • Residential hazardous waste materials must be in well-labelled, sealed containers
  • Any/all containers, including jerry cans, will not be returned
  • Do not mix different products together
  • Needles and syringes need to be in puncture-proof containers
  • There is no cost to Markham residents

What Waste Can I Not Drop Off?

Please do not bring any of the following items to the depot:

  • Ammunition and Explosives: Please contact your local York Regional Police Branch.
  • Hazardous waste generated by Industrial, Commercial and Institutional (IC&I) business sources.
  • PCBs, asbestos, lighting ballasts for fluorescent lights, medical and radioactive waste. Please contact York Region at 1.866.665.6752 for disposal information.

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