Household hazardous waste includes items like aerosol cans and detergents that require special handling. It is illegal to release hazardous waste into the environment.
Community Services and participating municipalities offer household hazardous waste collection days each year. On these days, residents are invited to bring their household hazardous waste to their local solid waste facility free of charge.
In Whitehorse, Household Hazardous Waste collection happens twice a year, in September and May.
In Watson Lake, Household Hazardous Waste collection happens in September. For all other communities, please contact your municipality or LAC directly or call Community Operations at (867) 667-8945.
Outside municipalities, some transfer stations accept some household hazardous waste if it is properly separated, sealed and labelled. Look for your Solid Waste Facility to see if it offers this service.
|Aerosol cans||Nail polish and remover|
|Bleach||Stains and sealants|
|Brake fluid||Paint thinner|
|Cosmetics||Perfume and cologne|
|Fluorescent tubes (no more than 40)||Scouring powder|
|Glues and adhesives||Solvents|
|Hairspray||Thermostats with mercury|
|Household cleaners||Smoke alarms|
|Rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol||Driveway sealant|
|Motor oil||Windshield washer fluid|
|Motor vehicle batteries||Empty compressed gas cylinders|
|Asbestos and AC pipes and fittings||Pharmaceutical waste (like medications)|
|Biohazardous waste (like needles)||Compressed gases|
|Ammunition||Full compressed gas cylinders|
|Commercial hazardous waste
(more than 80 litres or 50 kilograms)
|More than 40 fluorescent tubes|
For all other hazardous waste that is not accepted, please see How do I dispose of Commercial Hazardous Waste.
Commercial hazardous waste refers to large volumes–more than 80 liters, 50 kg or 40 fluorescent tubes–and also includes industrial material like asbestos and AC pipes and fittings.
For safe disposal of your commercial hazardous waste, please contact any of Yukon’s private businesses that specialize in this service. They can be found under “waste” in the yellow pages, or you can call Community Operations for assistance at 667-8945.
Anybody that generates, stores, handles, mixes, transports, disposes or releases hazardous waste requires a permit. Be aware of your legal obligations under the Special Waste Regulation. For more information or to apply for your permit visit Environment Yukon or call (867) 667-5683.
If you see or suspect someone illegally dumping hazardous waste call the TIPP Line, fill out an online report or contact your local Conservation Officer.