What is Hazardous Waste and How Do I Get Rid of It?
Don’t know how to rid yourself of those half empty paint cans? Tossing aerosol cans, left over garden fertilizer and motor oil containers into the garbage or recycling, because you don’t know what else to do with them? If you are, you’re tossing hazardous waste into city landfills where it doesn’t belong! So consider this easy alternative: collect the following items in a separate bin and dispose of your hazardous waste safely by following the suggestions below!
Hazardous waste includes:
How To Dispose Of Your Hazardous Waste
The City offers three 4R Depots where Winnipeggers can drop off hazardous waste at convenient times throughout the week. The closest of the three 4R Depots to Wolseley is 1120 Pacific Ave. It's open weekdays (except Wednesdays) 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Depot on Pacific is about a 10-minute drive from Wolseley. The fastest route is north on Wall Street, left on Notre Dame Ave and right on Weston Street. Once on Weston, look for the large "Liquor and Lotteries" building on the right - that's Pacific Ave - and turn right. The street sign is small and easy to miss, but the liquor and lotteries building is not! Continue east on Pacific Ave. The 4R Depot (1120 Pacific) is on the right hand, side marked by a 4R sign (it's very close to the lights on McPhillips).
I drove into the depot, to a stop sign. A gentleman came out, when I told him I had hazardous waste, he asked me to put my paint cans on a table beside the car... and that was it! I thanked him and drove away! The staff deals with each type of hazardous waste appropriately.
The drive out took me past the well-organized and very clean sites for other recyclable material. If consumers bring other recyclables - glass, lumber, scrap metal - they will be directed to the appropriate bin and drop it off themselves.
For more information, visit the The 4R Depot website
Want to keep your recycling out of landfills? You may think you know what’s recyclable, but if you’re like me, you may be wrong. So here’s how to make sure your recycling is actually recycled.
How to prepare your recyclables before putting them into your bin: