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Battery collection

Working together we kept nearly 54 tonnes of used batteries out of landfill in 2016.

Let's keep up the great work. You can help by gathering your used, single-use A, AA, AAA, C, D, 9-volt or button cell batteries for curbside collection.

Fall 2017 collection period

Your used batteries will be collected on your recycling collection day during the October 16 – 27 battery collection period.

Find your battery pickup day

Placement at the curb

Put your used household batteries in a transparent, sealable bag. On your collection day, place the filled bag on top of your closed organics cart.

If you don't have an organics cart, place your filled battery bag beside your filled recycling bags.

Year-round disposal options

Missed your battery collection day?

Year-round, you can dispose of your single-use A, AA, AAA, C, D, 9 volt or button cell batteries:

Along with your garbage, recycling and organics, the Region collects some oversized items, small appliances and furniture from the curb free of charge on your regular garbage collection day.

This list is a sample of acceptable oversized items the Region will collect from the curb on your regular garbage collection day.

  • Barbecues (please remove and take propane tanks to a Peel Community Recycling Centre before putting the barbeque on the curb.)
  • Sofas, tables, chairs, and mattresses
  • Small appliances, e.g., microwaves, kettles, food processors, and coffee makers. (Appliances must be clean and empty of all food and waste.)

Place these items on the curb by 7 a.m. on your regular garbage collection day. 

Check How to Sort Your Waste if your item isn't listed here.

You can also take any of these items to a Peel Community Recycling Centre for disposal. Drop-off fees apply.

The Region no longer collects large metal appliances from the curb.

Peel residents can bring these items to any of the Region’s 6 Community Recycling Centres (CRCs) free of charge:

  • air conditioner
  • dehumidifier
  • dish washer
  • dryer
  • fireplace insert (metal)
  • freezer
  • fridge
  • furnace
  • heat pump/exchanger
  • hot water tank
  • oil tanks (empty)
  • pool heaters (metal)
  • safes (home, metal)
  • shower enclosure (metal)
  • stove
  • tub (metal)
  • washer (clothes)
  • water cooler

Alternative disposal options

  • Book a collection appointment for working appliances with other local charitable organizations that offer the service (e.g. Habitat for Humanity).
  • Plan to have old appliances removed by retailers when new models are purchased.

Check How to Sort Your Waste if your item isn't listed here.

Household Hazardous Waste

Take your household hazardous waste to one of Peel's Community Recycling Centres (CRC's) for free, safe disposal.

  • Do not dispose of household hazardous waste in your garbage or recycling. Hazardous waste is never collected at the curb.
  • Never pour motor oil, paints, solvents, or unwanted cleaners down the drain or sewer.

Acceptable household hazardous waste

The following items are a sample of acceptable household hazardous waste. Liquid items have a maximum 80 L (20 gal) drop-off limit per day. The maximum container size is 30 L (8 gal).

All waste must be clearly labelled and in sealed containers. Keep containers upright to prevent leaks and spills.

Do not mix different products together.

Sharps must be in an approved sharps container.

  • Paints and stains (full or partially full cans)
  • Batteries (all types)
  • Fuels, solvents, adhesives
  • Automotive fluids
  • Oil filters
  • Fertilizers and pesticides
  • Aerosol cans
  • Household cleaners and detergents
  • Powdered cement and grout
  • Pool chemicals
  • Sharps (syringes, needles, lancets)
  • Medications
  • Cooking oil
  • Fluorescent tube lamps, compact fluorescent lamps (removed from fixtures, maximum 40 bulbs per day)
  • Fluorescent lamp ballasts (removed from fixtures)
  • Mercury thermometers/thermostats
  • Propane and helium cylinders (limit of 5 per day, 18 kg (40 lbs) maximum size)

Unacceptable items

The following items are not considered household hazardous waste. Follow the instructions to dispose of these items.

Contact a qualified, licenced professional to dispose of the following items:

  • Asbestos
  • Radioactive waste
  • PCB contaminated waste

To dispose of firearms, explosives and ammunition, contact Peel Police.

Flares and fireworks can be soaked in water for 24 hours, with care taken to fully submerge the items. Once the items are fully saturated, place them in a bag and dispose of them in your regular garbage.

Home medical waste (not including sharps) can be double bagged and disposed of in your regular garbage. Double bagged home medical waste (not including sharps) can also be disposed of at CRCs for a fee

Sharps Program

Never dispose of needles, syringes and lancets (sharps) in your garbage, recycling or organics.

Pick up a free biohazard container from the household hazardous waste drop-off location at any Peel Community Recycling Centre (CRC).

Put discarded sharps in the biohazard container, then bring the container to a Peel CRC for free, safe disposal. CRCs only accept used sharps in biohazard containers. Do not bring your sharps to a CRC in anything but a biohazard container. This service is for residents only, not businesses.

Business Hazardous Waste

A business must meet certain criteria to dispose of hazardous waste at a Peel Community Recycling Centre.

Eligibility criteria

You may be eligible if your business:

  • Generates less than 150 kg per month of hazardous industrial waste, hazardous chemical waste and characteristic (e.g., ignitable, corrosive, reactive or toxic) waste.
  • Generates less than 500 kg of liquid industrial waste per month.
  • Is certified to transport dangerous goods and you can provide a copy of your Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) certificate.

Submitting an application

Complete and submit the online Business Hazardous Waste Program Application.

Applications must be completed and approved prior to a business dropping off hazardous waste. No exceptions.

If your business qualifies, the Region will contact you to sign a hazardous waste disposal agreement and to schedule a drop-off appointment at the Caledon, Bolton, Heart Lake or Fewster CRC.

A copy of the signed agreement must be in the vehicle transporting the hazardous waste at all times.

The Region collects real Christmas trees from the curb.

Put your Christmas tree at the curb on your scheduled recycling collection day during the weeks of January 9 and January 16, 2017.

Check WhenDoesItGo for your Christmas tree collection day.

Collected trees are taken to the Peel Composting Facility where they are processed into compost. This finished compost is available for purchase at any Peel Community Recycling Centre.

Height limitations

Trees taller than 3 m (10 ft) must be cut in half to be collected at the curb or dropped at a Peel Community Recycling Centre.

Preparing your tree for collection

Trees placed in or on snowbanks, or trees still decorated with tinsel or ornaments will NOT be collected.

  • Remove all tinsel, ornaments, plastic bags, nails, wires and tree stands before placing your tree on the curb.
  • Trees decorated with artificial snow foam ("flocked" trees) will also be collected. You don't need to remove the foam.
  • Put your tree at the curb separate from your organics and recycling carts.

Apartment/condo Christmas tree collection

If you live in an apartment or condo, put your Christmas tree at the curb by the driveway entrance of your property.

Be sure your tree doesn't obstruct the road or sidewalk.

Missed collection day

If you miss your Christmas tree collection day, drop your tree off at a Peel Community Recycling Centre. There will be no drop-off fees at the CRCs for Christmas trees during the Christmas tree collection period.