Waste Diversion

The following special waste/recycling events and pick-ups are available to residents to assist in diverting waste from landfills:

Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Information 
 2022 Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off Event
Stay tuned for information on the 2022 Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off Event.
What is Accepted? 
  • Paints (flammable and toxic). Do not mix latex with oils base paints
  • Automotive batteries (corrosive and toxic). Wear rubber gloves when handling
  • Household batteries, disposable and rechargeable (corrosive and toxic)
  • Household medicines/old prescriptions (toxic) in a separate bag
  • Waste Oil (flammable and toxic). Clearly mark the container
  • Pesticides, insecticides, herbicides (toxic)
  • Pool chemicals and bleach (reactive and toxic) Do not mix and keep separate from each other and from other chemicals
  • Turpentine, furniture and paint stripper, varsol, solvents, gasoline, linseed oil, nail polish and nail polish remover, BBQ lighter fluid (flammable and toxic)
  • Wood preservative, wood stains, anti-freeze, glues, window cleaners, disinfectants, rat and mouse poisons (toxic)
  • Oven cleaners, drain cleaners (corrosive)
  • Old propane tanks (explosive)
  • Aerosol containers (explosive, toxic and flammable) Empty containers as well 
  • Sharps including needles, syringes and lancets
What is Not Accepted? 
  • Explosives
  • Fire works
  • Ammunition
  • Biological wastes
  • PCB wastes or light ballasts
  • Helium or freon tanks
  • Old computers, printers or monitors
  • No commercial waste
How to Deliver Your Hazardous Waste 
  • For your own protection, deliver the hazardous waste material labeled in the trunk of your car. If you are using a truck or a trailer to dispose of your hazardous waste, please ensure that your load is safe and secure
  • Do not mix materials
  • All materials must be clearly marked
  • If the container is damaged, package the container in the plastic bag in order not to spill it during the journey to the collection site
  • Wash your hands thoroughly after handling the chemicals 

In 2021, 567 vehicles (704 households) participated in the Town's Household Hazardous Waste Event. A total of 40,623 litres and 2,120 kg of hazardous waste was diverted from our community. In addition, crews collected 79 car batteries, 800 propane tanks and 800 kg of plastic was recycled! The materials collected during the event are sent to a licensed facility got appropriate treatment and/or disposal.

The annual event allows for the proper disposal of items such as:

  • Paints
  • Solvents
  • Batteries
  • Old prescriptions and medicines
  • Waste oil
  • Pesticides, Insecticides, and Herbicides
  • Cleaners and disinfectants
  • Propane tanks and aerosols.

Products collected during the household hazardous waste event are categorized and sorted to either be reused, recycled or packed for safe, proper disposal. Depending on the types and physical state of the hazardous waste, treatment and/or solidification processes may take place.

How & Where to Dispose of Hazardous Waste Throughout the Year 
If you need to dispose of hazardous waste prior to our annual Household Hazardous Waste Day Event, the following items may be accepted at certain locations throughout Greater Napanee or surrounding areas:

For disposal, tires can be taken to:

  • Canadian Tire (476 Centre St. N., 613-354-2222; no charge)
  • Wal-Mart (89 Jim Kimmett Blvd., 613-354-3100; limit of 4 per day)
Used Oil 

For disposal, used oil can be taken to:

  • Canadian Tire (476 Centre St. N., 613-354-2222)
  • Wal-Mart (89 Jim Kimmett Blvd., 613-354-3100)
  • Woodcock's Automotive (601 Camden Rd., 613-354-4602)
  • Brendar Environmental (104 County Rd 4, 613-352-1100)

Please note that a disposal fee will be required at all these locations. 

Helium Tanks
Helium tanks can be taken to Greater Napanee Recycling (484 County Rd. 1 West, 613-354-2775) for disposal. 
Refrigerants (Fridge, Freezers, A/C) 
Refrigerants can be taken to Kimco Steel (1325 John Counter Blvd, Kingston, 613-544-1822) for disposal. 
Water Softeners 
Water softeners can be taken to Greater Napanee Recycling (484 County Rd. 1 West, 613-354-2775) for disposal. 
Shingles & Construction Material 

For disposal, shingles and construction material can be taken to:

  • Westendorp Disposal (1709 Westbrook Rd, Westbrook, 613-384-8555)
  • Napanee Waste Solutions (2332 County Rd. 41., 613-388-2400)

Please note that a disposal fee will be required at both locations. 


Electronics can be taken to the following locations for disposal:

  • SPCA (156 Richmond Blvd. E., 613-354-2492) - Drop off at anytime, there is a green bin outside of the building
  • Manco Recycling (109 Enviro Park Lane, 613-354-1822)
  • The Town of Greater Napanee's Roblin & South Fredericksburgh Waste Disposal Sites. Please see our Waste Disposal Sites page for hours of operation.
  • Drain-All (444 Advance Ave., 613-354-9393)
Prescription Medications 
Prescription medications can be taken to any drugstore where prescription medication is dispensed for disposal. 
Compact Fluorescent Lights (Curly Ones Only)

For disposal, compact fluorescent lights (curly ones only) can be taken to:

  • Lowes Building Supplies (Kingston or Belleville)
  • Brendar Environmental (104 County Rd 4, Bath, 613-352-1100)
Paints & Stains

For disposal, paints and stains can be taken to:

  • Brendar Environmental (104 County Rd 4, Bath, 613-352-1100)

Some local hardware stores are also able to recycle paints and stains

*Please do not include aerosols*


For disposal, pesticides can be taken to:

  • Brendar Environmental (104 County Rd 4, Bath, 613-352-1100)

For disposal, fuels can be taken to:

  • Brendar Environmental (104 County Rd 4, Bath, 613-352-1100)
Automotive Batteries 

For disposal, automotive batteries can be taken to:

  • ANS Scrap Metal (1158 McAdoo's Ln, Glenburnie, 613-544-3038)


Household Batteries 
Single use/rechargeable batteries can be taken to Home Depot (Kingston or Belleville) or Lowes Building Supplies (Kingston or Belleville) for disposal. 

For more information on hazardous waste disposal, please contact Infrastructure Services at 343-302-7637.

Leaf and Brush Collection

Our Waste Disposal Sites accept leaves and brush year-round. Should you wish to take these items directly to our waste disposal sites, please see site information listed on our Waste Disposal Sites page.

Leaf & Brush Collection Event Details:

Leaf and brush collection happens twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall. This service is intended for general yard clean-up of leaves and brush only and does not apply to tree removal. If you see Town staff collecting brush and leaves ahead of schedule it is because they are trying to get a head start with collection. Staff will return to your neighbourhood on the assigned collection day to collect brush and leaves placed at the curbside.

Please keep in mind the following guidelines to ensure that your leaves and brush are collected properly and effectively:

  • Please do not put materials out to the curbside more than a week in advance of your collection schedule
  • Brush must be at the curb no later than 7:00 am on your assigned collection day
  • Branches no larger than 4 inches in diameter will be accepted
  • Branches must be bundled no longer than 5 feet in length
  • Please stack brush with cut ends facing out towards the road
  • Leaves must be put in paper bags only
  • Absolutely no plastic bags of any type will be accepted. It is important that leaves and/or brush is not put in plastic bags of any type, even those that are marked biodegradable. Any leaves or brush put in plastic bags of any kind will be left at the curb
Spring 2022 Leaf and Brush Collection Event

Please check back in the spring of 2022 for information on our Spring Leaf and Brush collection event.

Fall 2022 Leaf and Brush Collection Event
Please check back in the spring of 2022 for information on our Spring Leaf and Brush collection event.
 2023 Christmas Tree Collection

Please stay tuned for details regarding the 2023 Christmas Tree Collection.

Things you need to know for proper Christmas tree disposal:
  • Place trees at the curbside prior to the collection date
  • Remove nails, metal, ornaments, tree stands and tinsel from the trees
  • DO NOT wrap the trees in plastic
  • Artificial trees are NOT accepted
  • Residents who reside on private roads/lanes must bring the materials to the main intersection for curbside collection

If you have missed the Christmas tree collection, please take your Christmas tree directly to our waste disposal sites. Please see our Waste Disposal Sites page for more information.

Electronics Recycling

We encourage our residents to recycle their electronics instead of disposing them in landfills. Both of our Waste Disposal Sites accept electronics for recycling, as well as various organizations throughout the Town.


Do you use a backyard composter?
There are many benefits of composting. Composting helps sandy soil retain moisture and prevents drought. Compost can be used to break up clay or sandy soils and it adds nutrients to all soils. Compost also improves drainage and reduces soil erosion, enhances plant colour and reduces the amount of waste set out on the curb by 40%!

Below are some frequently asked questions regarding composting:

How do I begin composting? 

Place a 4" to 6" bottom layer of coarse material such as dead plant stalks and small branches in your composter. Alternate layers of yard waste and kitchen waste in 4" to 6" increments. Top off the compost pile with 1" of soil or finished waste.

Make sure your composter is on ground level in the sun. The warmer the material, the faster the process. If you only have shady areas, it will still work, just not as quickly. The unit should be in contact with the earth, rather than on patio stones or paved areas to allow organisms to work into the pile and speed up the composting process. Place the unit approximately 8" to 12" away from fences, decks or buildings to discourage animals. Composting is an excellent soil enhancer; it can be used as an additive to existing soil. Ensure that the soil and compost are mixed in equal parts (50/50). 

  • Chop materials into small pieces (the smaller the better)
  • Put materials in layers - alternate 'browns' (dry leaves, straw, wood chips) and 'greens' (kitchen scraps, grass clippings)
  • Add water if necessary - the compost needs to be slightly damp (like a wrung out sponge)
  • During Spring and Summer, turn the pile with a pitchfork, shovel or compost turner
What can I put in my compost?
Acceptable items:
  • Leaves and grass clippings
  • Plants and weeds
  • Used potting soil
  • Fruit scraps and vegetable peels
  • Crushed egg shells
  • Coffee grounds with filters and tea bags
  • Paper (shredded, not glossy)

Unacceptable items:

  • Pet waste
  • Meat, fish and bones
  • Dairy products
  • Fats or oils
How long does composting take?
Composting typically takes anywhere from two months to two years. The timeline is dependent on the volume of organics being composted, the amount of water and aeration. To help speed up the process, turn your compost frequently. 
Can I compost in the winter?
Yes! Continue to add materials to the compost throughout the winter. In the colder months the decomposition process will slow down a little but will continue as usual when it warms back up. 
How do I use my compost when it is ready?

You can use compost as mulch around plants and trees. This will help retain moisture and smother weeds. Compost can also be used in your lawn or garden. Make sure to dig compost into the earth before planting flowers and vegetables. 

Finished compost is dark and crumbly in texture and will have a pleasant earth-like smell. If you follow the instructions that came with your unit, you could have results in as little as 3 to 6 months. To remove the compost, scoop it through the trap door on your unit. Pick or screen out any lumps or bits of uncomposted material and put them back in the composter.

Where to can I purchase a backyard composter?
Earth Machine composters can be purchased for $45 at the Infrastructure Services Office at 45 Commercial Court. Backyard composters can also be purchased from local hardware stores. 

We would like to thank all of our residents who actively recycle. We would like to continue to see our waste diversion rate climb, so please do your part to recycle and divert wastes from the landfill. In 2019, the Town diverted over 34% of our waste from landfill through our recycling and diversion programs! Keep up the great work!



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