Hazardous waste drop-off day set for Saturday in Iqaluit

Residents can bring items to air base, and also swap paint canisters at free event

The City of Iqaluit is holding its annual household hazardous waste day Aug. 27. (Photo by M. Stone/Wikimedia Commons)

By Nunatsiaq News

People in Iqaluit can get rid of items like old pills and medications, batteries and aerosols, as well as swap paint canisters at a free event set for Saturday.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the City of Iqaluit will host its annual household hazardous waste and paint exchange day at the air base. In a news release, the city noted “hazardous items are often toxic or flammable which means extra care should be taken when disposing of them.”

Among the hazardous waste items that will be accepted are anti-freeze, adhesives, automotive and household batteries, aerosol cans, cleaners, corrosives, mercury, oxidizers, pharmaceuticals, solvents and old paint and spray paint cans.

These are items that will not be accepted: old electronics, used oil, oil filters and containers, tires, propane tanks, biological, infectious or radioactive waste, explosives, ammunition and industrial waste.

Anyone dropping off hazardous waste should keep the labels on the materials so the substances can be identified for proper disposal and avoid the need to test the substances.

For more information, phone city sanitation superintendent Nisar Ghani at 867-222-3981.

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(5) Comments:

  1. Posted by Blast from the past on

    File Photo from 1978

  2. Posted by Northern Guy on

    I’ve lived here for over 30 years and have no idea where the “air base” is located.

    • Posted by hmmm on

      It’s not overly known, but the Air Base is the garage that is located adjacent to the 4-corners (next to the NAC Jewelry and Metalwork building, across from Tumiit Plaza)

      • Posted by Northern Guy on

        Good to know, thanks

      • Posted by Maq-Pat on

        Thanks. I thought “The Air Base” meant the FOL and was wondering why the Forces involvement in the initiative wasn’t noted in the article. Why is that garage called that?

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