Did you know some local hardware stores accept common hazardous waste at ANY time of the year? You don't need to wait until Hazardous Waste Day to get rid of items like paint, lightbulbs, and batteries.

Year-Round Options

At any time during the year, visit the following locations to dispose of your products. Restrictions may apply. Please call these locations before bringing your products.

  • GFL Vars Transfer Station (211 Corduroy Road, Vars) for tires, electronic waste, and batteries. View our Electronic Waste and Batteries webpage for more information.
  • Barry's Home Hardware (120 Craig St, Russell, ON) for residential paints and batteries;
  • Rona Embrun (755 Notre-Dame, Embrun ON) for residential paints and lightbulbs.
  • Ultramar (992 Burton Street, Vars) for propane tanks.
  • Canadian Tire (95 Lafleche Boulevard, Casselman) for filters, tires, motor oil, and gas; propane tank exchanges if purchased from Canadian Tire. Tires must be off-rim.
  • AutoTech (140 Bay Street, Embrun) for tires, motor oil, and gas. Tires must be off rims. Recycling fee of 20 cents per litre of oil and gas.
  • Jean Coutu (867 rue Notre Dame, Embrun, and 629 Principale Street, Casselman) for residential batteries. View our Electronic Waste and Batteries webpage.
  • Contact an HVAC or waste management company such as Drain-All for freon tanks from fridges and freezers. 
  • Pharmaceuticals can be returned to their pharmacy of purchase.
  • Please contact police or fire departments for instructions disposing fireworks, flares and explosives.

For other locations throughout the year, visit Resource Productivity and Recovery and Product Care Recycling.

Special Drop-Off Events

Due to the popularity of the hazardous waste events, we may reach capacity before 2p.m. The Ministry of Environment prohibits us from accepting any drop-offs after 2p.m., even if there are still participants waiting in line with their products.

Take the opportunity to get rid of your hazardous waste items at one of our annual drop-off events. Specific dates are listed on our online event calendar or in our printable Waste Collection Calendar.

The drop-off event is hosted at the municipal garage, located at 851 Route 400 in Embrun from 8 a.m. to 2p..m.

What Items Can I Bring?

Products you can dispose of during a municipal hazardous waste event include:

  • Paints
  • Propane
  • Pesticides
  • Batteries
  • Fertilizers
  • Antifreeze
  • Aerosols
  • Bulbs
  • Fluorescent tubes
  • Gasoline
  • Oil and filters
  • Acids
  • Fire extinguishers


This event is for Township of Russell residents only. Proof of residency is required.

Only residential materials are accepted.