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

Battery collection

In 2016, you helped keep nearly 54 tonnes of used batteries out of landfill.

This year, let's do it again!

Your used single-use batteries will be collected on your recycling collection day during these weeks:

  • Spring collection: April 17-27
  • Fall collection: October 16-26

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 recycling bags.

Find your battery collection day

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.

Take all hazardous waste to a Peel Community Recycling Centre (CRC) for safe, proper disposal.

  • Hazardous waste is never collected at the curb.
  • Never pour household hazard waste down the drain or put it at the curb for collection.
  • Check How to Sort Your Waste to see if a disposal fee applies to a hazardous waste item.

Acceptable household hazardous waste

These items are a sample of acceptable household hazardous waste items.

  • batteries (all types, including lead acid)
  • cooking oil
  • fluorescent light bulbs/tubes and ballasts (removed from fixture, maximum 40 bulbs per day)
  • mercury thermometers/thermostats
  • propane and helium cylinders - limit 5 per day, maximum 18 kg (40 lbs)
  • sharps (syringes/needles/lancets)

These items are a sample of acceptable household hazardous waste items that have an 80 L (20 gal) limit per day.

  • used paint/partially full paint cans
  • motor oil & filters
  • fertilizers & pesticides
  • aerosol cans
  • household cleaners

Sharps and needles

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.

Disposal payment

You will be required to pay when you drop off your hazardous waste. Payments can be made only by credit card or debit – no cash payments.

The cost for disposing of your hazardous business depends on the size of container housing the waste, not by the volume of waste within the container.

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.