Household Hazardous Waste Program

What is Household Hazardous Waste?

Household hazardous waste (HHW) is leftover household products that are flammable, corrosive, reactive or poisonous. It also includes some liquid products that should not be disposed of in the garbage or down the drain.

Important Notice

The Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) HHW Program DOES NOT accept materials collected through B.C.'s Provincial HHW recycling programs. These programs collect only recyclable HHW materials, including:

Provincial HHW recycling program materials

Take these materials to participating locations at no additional charge. Find out where at

Schedule an HHW Drop-Off

HHW drop-offs are by appointment only. Residents must register their items with RDN staff to ensure loads contain only acceptable HHW items.

To register your waste and schedule a drop-off appointment:

  • Use the HHW Drop-Off Scheduler below
  • Use the RDN Curbside app on your smartphone
  • Call 250-390-5427 

HHW is not accepted without an appointment as it requires special handling by a qualified technician. Unscheduled loads will be rejected.

Program Fees and Surcharges

Category 0 - 25 kg Over 25 kg
HHW $10 (flat rate) $0.30/kg
Surcharge for Special HHW* $20  
Surcharge per pressurized cylinder, non-refillable $10  
Surcharge per pressurized cylinder, refillable $50  
Surcharge for loads containing unknown items $5  

*Special HHW includes highly toxic materials that require special handling and disposal.