Battery Disposal and Mercury Collection

Where do I dispose of Batteries?
All of the three different types of batteries (car batteries, rechargeable batteries, and non-rechargeable batteries) are banned from entering landfills and therefore have to be disposed of separately.

Car batteries:
Acid car batteries can be dropped of at any Enviro-Depot or at the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) depot at the Beech Hill Solid Waste-Resource Management Facility, 1356 Beech Hill Road free of charge.

Rechargeable batteries:
Select retail outlets including; Bell Mobility, Canadian Tire, Future Shop, Home Depot, London Drugs, Motorola Cellular dealers, Revy, Telus Mobility, and the Source by Circuit City will accept rechargeable batteries for recycling. Check out Divert NS or call  1-877-313-7732 for more information.

Non-rechargeable batteries:
Regular household batteries including alkaline/lithium batteries (D, C, AA, AAA, 9-volt, 12-volt, etc.) as well as button type batteries (watch, hearing aid batteries, etc.) can be dropped off at the Municipal Office located at 285 Beech Hill Road or at the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) depot at the Beech Hill Solid Waste-Resource Management Facility, 1356 Beech Hill Road free of charge.

Where do I dispose of used oil?
If you change the oil in your own automotive or recreational vehicles you can return your used oil to facilities throughout the region. Under the Program, businesses that sell oil are required to either accept used oil, or must arrange with another nearby facility to take back used oil. There is no charge for this program. Products covered in this program are engine oil, hydraulic fluid, lubricating oil (engines, turbines, gears), and transmission fluid.

Safety Tips for Dealing with Household Hazardous Materials:

  • Keep containers upright, tightly closed, with labels intact.
  • Never mix substances or pour into other containers
  • Avoid burning or reusing empty containers.
  • Keep unused portions and empty containers (check labels to see if an empty container can be triple rinsed and safely discarded in household garbage)
  • Keep out of reach of children, pets or wildlife.

Each year the County and Town of Antigonish, in conjunction with Eastern Region Solid Waste Management host a Household Hazardous Disposal Special Drop-Off Event for area residents.  Information on the next Household Hazardous Waste Disposal event for 2018 will be published when dates for event have been finalized.

or contact the Eastern Region Solid Waste Management at:

Eastern Region Solid Waste Management
P.O. Box 111, 151 Waste Management Rd
Boylston, NS
B0H 1G0
Tel: 902-232-2563
Fax: 902-533-4909
Toll-Free: 1-888-377-9622

As a reminder empty, dry paint cans are garbage.  Remove the cover before placing in the clear garbage bag for collection.

Mercury Collection

A new service will help keep mercury-containing products like thermostats and fluorescent lights out of Nova Scotia’s landfills. Funded by Nova Scotia Power and administered by Efficiency Nova Scotia, the new program encourages residents and businesses to drop-off mercury-containing products at locations across the province for safe disposal and recycling – free of charge. Mercury has been used in a variety of commercial and consumer products, but can be harmful to humans, fish and other wildlife as it moves and changes form in the environment.

A complete list of drop-off locations and accepted products is available at