Iqaluit to host hazardous waste day Saturday
Accepted materials include batteries, cleaners, fuel and corrosive materials
People in Iqaluit who have been holding onto hazardous household waste will be able to safely dispose of it this weekend.
The City of Iqaluit will host a household hazardous waste and paint exchange day on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the lot between Houses 411 and 413, announced city spokesperson Kent Driscoll Tuesday.
The event will allow residents to safely dispose of their household hazardous waste and give people an opportunity to swap paint canisters.
Hazardous items are often toxic or flammable, which means extra care should be taken when disposing of them, Driscoll said.
Household items that will be accepted include but are not limited to: adhesives, aerosols, automotive and household batteries, cleaners, corrosives, fuels, mercury, oxidizers, poisons, paint cans and spray paint, pharmaceuticals and solvents.
Items that will not be accepted are anti-freeze, electronics, used oil, oil filters, oil containers, tires, propane tanks, biological waste, infectious waste, radioactive waste, explosives, ammunition and industrial waste.
Residents are asked to keep the labels on the materials that they bring for disposal, Driscoll said, to help identify what’s needed for proper disposal and avoid the need for testing substances.