The Ambleside Eco Station is temporarily closed.
Household hazardous waste, batteries, electronics and large bulky items should NOT go in your garbage or recycling. Please take these items to an Eco Station.
Battery Newman explains--in song--why you should recycle all sizes of used batteries at an Eco Station, for free!
When batteries enter the residential waste stream, they can leak toxic chemicals into the air, soil and water. They can also interact with other items in the trash and explode or catch fire.
Avoid the risk by dropping off used batteries — big and small — at an Eco Station for safe recycling at no cost.
Retailers that recycle used batteries:
*Please visit the retailer website for details and restrictions.
How to safely dispose of a battery:
- Remove the battery from the device
- Place tape over both ends of the battery, to prevent them from coming into other objects that could cause a reaction
- Drop the battery off at an Eco Station, or one of the other locations listed above, for free
You may not realize how many devices contain batteries. If it makes noise, lights up or connects to the Internet, it probably contains a battery. Don’t forget about items like remote car locks, watches, musical greeting cards and cell phones.
Yard waste (leaves, twigs, branches, fallen fruit, dead plants, grass) should be taken to an Eco Station so it can be composted at the City’s outdoor compost cure site.
Please take the following steps when bringing yard waste to an Eco Station:
- Use a paper yard waste bag to contain yard waste, or empty plastic bags into the yard waste bin at the Eco Station.
- Branches should be no more than 4 feet long and 2 inches in diameter.
Electronics should go to an Eco Station so they can be broken down and recycled. This includes anything with a cord or battery such as:
- old computer components
- cell phones
- phones, fax machines, answering machines
- power tools, vacuum cleaners, floor polishers
Residents should take household hazardous waste to an Eco Station for proper disposal, because if not handled properly it can be harmful to people and the environment.
*Please note that commercial hazardous waste from businesses is not accepted at Eco Stations.
Household hazardous waste includes items such as:
- Motor oil (max container size 20 litres), oil filters
- Car batteries, antifreeze, gas, diesel
- All automotive fluids, rust remover (max container size 20 litres)
- All kinds
Chemicals and Cleaners
- Bleach, drain, toilet, oven cleaners, spot removers
- Herbicide, pesticide, fertilizer
- Photo chemicals and glues
- All light bulbs, fluorescent tubes/ballasts, lighting fixtures
Paints and Stains
- Paints and stains (including aerosols). Full or empty, max container size 20 litres
- Aerosol cans (empty, full or partially full)
- Caulking, cement powder
- Fire extinguishers, propane tanks or bottles (max 20 lbs)
- Smoke detectors
- Needles and syringes (packaged in a thick screw-top plastic bottle like a laundry-detergent bottle)
Big bulky items should be taken to an Eco Station instead of setting them out for waste collection. This includes items such as:
Eco Stations DO NOT accept
- Commercial hazardous waste
- Commercial biomedical waste
- Radioactive waste
- Pressurized gases
The following items should be taken to your community police station. Please call 780-423-4567 first.