Electronics and Hazardous Waste

Electronics and Hazardous Waste

Electronic Waste

The Township of The Archipelago is an Ontario Electronic Stewardship (OES) approved electronics collector.  OES is an industry-led, not-for-profit organization that operates the regulated electronics recycling program in Ontario. The OES ensures that end-of-life electronics are handled in a safe, secure and environmentally-sound manner.

Household electronics are collected and diverted from the waste stream, free of charge, at the Site 9 Landfill Site and the Healey Lake, Crane Lake, and Woods Bay Transfer Stations. 

Please refer to the following list of accepted electronic items.  The following items are not accepted.

Why Recycle Electronics?

Some electronics contain toxic substances such as mercury and heavy metals.  If not handled appropriately, these toxins can have environmental impacts leading to serious health and safety concerns.  Approved collectors properly handle and recycle electronics to prevent harmful substances from entering the environment.

What Happens to E-Waste?

After you drop off your electronic equipment, it is sent to an electronics processor where it is disassembled and sent for recycling.  Glass, plastic, metals and chemicals are all recovered in the process.

Remember to …
  • clear personal information from your computer
  • remove cassettes, DVDs and CDs from the device
  • remove batteries and ink cartridges

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)

The Township of The Archipelago has an Agreement with the Town of Parry Sound for the disposal of household hazardous waste at its Hazardous Waste Depot located at the MacFarlane Street Transfer Station in Parry Sound.  You will be required to present your Archipelago Waste Disposal Pass to use this site.  The MacFarlane Transfer Station will also accept household garbage and recyclables. 

The depot is open from mid-April to mid-October and is closed on all statutory holidays. 

For directions, hours of operation and list of accepted hazardous waste, please refer to the Town of Parry Sound's website.

Please note that commercial hazardous waste is not accepted.

Why Keep HHW Separate?

Even though most household hazardous waste (HHW) is safe in small quantities and for specific uses, they contain chemicals that are harmful to human health and the environment.  If not handled appropriately, these chemicals will accumulate in quantity and can contaminate the soil or groundwater, creating dangerous habitat for fish, wildlife and human health.

By taking your HHW to the Macfarlane Street Transfer Station, you are ensuring that it will be properly disposed of.

Handling Precautions

- Always wear gloves when handling HHW.

- Never mix your chemicals.  Keep them in separate containers.

- Label HHW that you bring to a depot.  Unlabelled or questionable products could be refused.