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Waste Management

Waste management decisions are a local responsibility. The County of Huron is committed to managing waste in a sustainable and practical manner; while building a cleaner community and healthy environment.

Solid waste can be dangerous to our community. There is the potential for garbage dumps to pollute surrounding watersheds, or incinerators to pollute downwind airsheds. Leadership in how residents can better manage solid waste is provided by the Planning and Development Department.

Solid Waste (Landfills)

The County of Huron's role in waste management is governed by By-law 14-2001 which establishes how the County and local municipalities plan and operate waste management facilities. Huron County facilitates the optimization of existing landfill capacity for the long-term needs of the county, and local municipalities own and operate the landfill sites.

Household Hazardous Waste

Hazardous Symbols

It is important to dispose of garbage properly, especially those household products which have poisonous, combustible, explosive or flammable properties.

Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Depot Pamphlet. (PDF) Huron County Planning & Development, November 2009.

Keeping hazardous materials out of landfill sites protects groundwater, conserves resources through recycling, and saves landfill capacity. To divert household hazardous waste from entering landfills, the County operates a permanent year-round household hazardous waste depot in Holmesville at the Mid-Huron Landfill Site and offers a hazardous waste disposal event day annually.

All County residents are encouraged to safely store their household hazardous waste and deliver these materials to this depot, attend a disposal event day or consider one of the other alternative hazardous waste disposal locations which can be found through www.makethedrop.ca. No PCB's, commercial, infectious or radioactive wastes will be accepted.

Location: Mid-Huron Landfill Site, Holmesville
37506A Huron Road
Hours: Monday to Friday: 8:00 - 11:50 AM
and 12:30 - 4:00 PM
Saturday: 8:00 AM - Noon
Closed Holidays and Sundays

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In partnership with OrangeDrop Makethedrop.ca

FREE to ALL Huron County Residents
For more information contact the County
at 519.524.8394, extension 3, OR email waste [at] huroncounty.ca

Get Rid of your Household Hazardous Waste

Remember to follow the BUD rule:
Buy only what you need
Use it up
Dispose of what’s left responsibly

Now is your chance to clean out your shed/garage/basement and remove potentially dangerous wastes and dispose of them in an environmentally safe manner, at NO COST.

Hazardous waste

Acids and Alkalines
Batteries (Wet and Dry Cell)
Florescent Bulbs and Compact Florescent Bulbs
Household Cleaners and Detergents
Lawn and Garden Chemicals
Mercury Switches and Thermostats
Miscellaneous Organic Waste Chemicals
Miscellaneous Waste Inorganic Chemicals
Motor Oil and other Automotive Fluids
Other Inorganic Sludges, Slurries or Solids
Paints, Pigments and Coatings
Paints, Stains and related Solvents/Acids and Chemical Strippers
Petroleum Distillates
Prescription Medicines
Syringes and Sharps (contained in glass, metal or very hard plastic with screw top lid)
Waste Compressed Gas including Cylinders
Waxes and Polishes

Hazardous Waste should remain in its original container! No containers will be returned.

Hazardous Household Waste Depot

Septage Treatment

Septage is waste content (liquids and solids) found in a septic tank. Septic tanks are used throughout the county by those residential, commercial and industrial properties which are not serviced by sanitary sewers.

Septage is raw and untreated and must be disposed of by licenced haulers. Septic tanks are pumped on a regular basis, typically every 3 to 5 years, by licenced haulers and septage is generally spread on land certified to receive septage.

Ontario's Ministry of the Environment is committed to phase-out land application of untreated septage. In response to this proposal, the County has commissioned a study on the options for treatment. The study is undergoing a Class Environmental Assessment for the proposed solution of septage pretreatment facilities at two municipal sewage treatment facilities in the County.

Additional information on septage may be found on the Ministry of the Environment's Septage fact sheet.