Household Hazardous Waste events planned throughout the year

Waste Reduction with Brenda Rioux

Published on May 23, 2014

It’s great to finally see the sun as it’s a sure sign of spring! For a lot of us it means cleaning up around the house, getting rid of unwanted items during special collections, and possibly coming across some items that will not be collected curbside, such as chemicals.

This is generally the time of year that we receive a lot of calls from residents wondering what to do with their leftover paint, oil, and household cleaners.

Lucky for them they have called the right place! 

CJSMA holds a number of mobile Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Events throughout the year.  This is a great opportunity for residents to dispose of some of their unwanted items.  Fortunately, residents don’t have to wait to get rid of leftover paint as it can be taken to any Enviro Depo (if your paint and aerosol cans are empty they can be placed in your recycling bag).  What about that waste oil? Well you don’t have to wait to get rid of that either.  Retailers that sell motor oil must either accept it or provide a drop off location within five kms of the original purchase site. And finally household batteries (up to five kgs each), can be placed in a drop box at the Scale House in Little Forks where they will be shipped away for recycling. 

Not coming out to Little Forks?  Residents can take their batteries to the customer service desk at Canadian Tire. 

So what about all those “other” residential hazardous waste materials that you may come across as you are cleaning out the garage?

Well, items such as aerosols, antifreeze, stale gas, pesticides and propane tanks, can be taken to the following HHW Events:

May 24 & Sept. 6 - Parrsboro Town Garage, 8:30-9:30 a.m.; Pugwash Transfer Station, 11: 30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Oxford Transfer Station, 1:30-2:30 p.m. and Springhill Community Centre, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

June 21 & Sept. 27 - Amherst Fire Hall, 9 a.m. to noon.

And while I have your attention I can’t forget to mention our Environment Week Tour scheduled for June 7 at 11 a.m.  I can’t think of a better way to celebrate Environment Week than by checking out our facilities in Little Forks by horse and wagon. 

This is a great opportunity for residents to come and see where it all takes place.  Hope to see you there!

Not sure where something goes?  Call us at 667-5141 or check out our website at

Be Sort Smart!  Recycle and Compost


Brenda Rioux is the waste reduction co-ordinator for the Cumberland Joint Services Management Authority. The CJSMA column appears monthly in the Amherst News.