- Items with any of the above symbols on their labels are household hazardous wastes. They do not belong in your garbage, recyclables, or compostables. Nor should they be dumped down the drain. Hazardous waste can also include items that do not have one of these labels, such as household bleach, or some pesticides.Paints, thinners and solvents, cleaning products, pesticides, aerosol cans, motor oil, antifreeze, lead/acid batteries, smoke alarms, fluorescent lights and some personal care items are examples of common hazardous materials found in homes.Why is it dangerous?
Improper handling of hazardous products can lead to:
- Groundwater contamination
- Surface water contamination
- Soil contamination
- Poisoning of the food change
- Harm to the health and lives of people and wildlife
- Local air pollution
- Fires and explosions
What can I do?
Most importantly, you can avoid using hazardous products. You should buy only what you need, and try to give away what you don’t use for someone else to use. You can avoid hazardous waste by using environmentally friendly alternatives – for example, there are many natural alternatives to household cleaning products.
If you do purchase a hazardous product, make sure you use it safely, and dispose of it correctly when you are finished. Household Hazardous Waste Day provides you with the opportunity to do this.
What is Household Hazardous Waste Day?
Twice a year (spring and fall), CKS hosts a Household Hazardous Waste Day (HHW day) at the Quigley Landfill, with the financial support and assistance of Yukon Government. HHW day is free and for households only. Store any household hazardous waste safely at your home until HHW day, and then bring it to the landfill, where we will dispose of it for you in a safe and environmentally responsible manner. Information on dates and time will be provided once available.
- A municipal compost is now available at the landfill. Composting can divert up to 50% of waste from the landfill. Please note — ONLY compostable (not biodegradable) bags can go in compost.What can you put in community compost?
Food scraps, teabags and coffee filters, soiled paper products like pizza boxes and napkins, waxed cartons, yard waste, sawdust etc. NOT toilet paper, pet feces, cigarettes, carcasses, glass, plastic etc
- A Household Hazardous Waste Day will be held annually in the fall. Store your hazardous waste in a safe place until it can be disposed of safely on this day.What is hazardous waste?
Paints, thinners and solvents, cleaning products, pesticides, aerosol cans, motor oil, antifreeze, rechargable batteries, smoke alarms, fluorescent lights and some personal care items are examples of common hazardous materials found in homes.
PAPER RECYCLING & PICKUP
- Thanks to funding from the Community Development Fund and the City of Dawson, CKS has been able to build a small addition onto the downtown depot. With the extra space created, we are now able to offer paper recycling to individual households! Please bring us your white, mixed, and news paper for recycling.