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Product Care Association


Phone: (204) 477-0741 or toll-free 1-888-772-9772     Email:



Program Description

  • Product Care Association (PCA) is a Producer Responsible Organization (PRO) that has been authorized by the Province of Manitoba to operate a product stewardship program for the safe collection and disposal of certain household hazardous waste materials. Program materials include paint products and residential-use fluorescent lights (compact fluorescent light bulbs and tubes). From November, 2012, select PCA depots will also accept household pesticides, flammables, and toxic/corrosive/physically hazardous products. For a complete list of accepted products please visit
  • The Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Stewardship Program is authorized under the Household Hazardous Material and Prescribed Material Stewardship Regulation (R16/10),Waste Reduction and Prevention (WRAP) Act.

Why is it Important?
Many common products we use in our daily lives contain potentially hazardous ingredients and require special care when disposed of. Disposal of most household hazardous waste materials in the garbage or down the drain is not recommended, and in some cases, is forbidden by law (unless the product is designed to be disposed of in that manner).


Improper use or disposal of hazardous waste can potentially release chemicals into the environment and contaminate our air, water, and possibly the food we eat.


HHW will be collected through two channels: collection depots and return-to-retail.


Collection Depots: A network of collection depots will be established throughout the province where consumers can drop off all eligible program materials. Depots will be operated by municipalities, recycling centers and private industry. In some cases HHW collection events may be scheduled in areas which are not readily accessible to the depot network.


Return-to-Retail: Some retail outlets in Manitoba have agreed to accept selected HHW items from the public. This will apply initially to paint products and residential-use fluorescent lights.


There is no charge to the consumer for dropping off eligible HHW materials.

Eligible Household Hazardous Waste for Collection in Manitoba

The Product Care plan covers products which are supplied for household use. The following is a summary, listing some typical products. For a detailed listing of eligible and ineligible products please visit


Starting May 1, 2012, consumers of residential-use paint can drop off leftover household paint at paint collection sites located throughout Manitoba, at no charge. Residential-use fluorescent lighting (including tubes and CFLs) will also be accepted at locations throughout Manitoba, at no charge. Phase 2 of the Product Care Association's HHW Program begins November 1, 2012.

Phase 1 (May 1, 2012)


1.  Paint Products

a)   Latex, water based, oil and solvents based architectural coatings

b)   Aerosol paints – all types including automotive aerosols

c)   Maximum container size: 25 litres


2.  Fluorescent Lighting (residential-use only):

a)   Tubes

b)   Compact fluorescent lights

Phase 2 (November 1, 2012)

3.   Flammable Materials

a)   Gasoline & diesel fuel

b)   Solvents

c)   Maximum container size: 10 litres


4.    Corrosive Materials

       a)  Cleaners

       b)  Pool chemicals

       c)  Paint stripper


5.    Physically Hazardous Materials

       a)  Non-refillable camping fuel cylinders

       b)  Butane cylinders


6.    Toxic Materials

       a)  Fuel additives

       b)  Non-flammable strippers


7.    Environmentally Hazardous Materials


8.   Pesticides

      a) Consumer pesticides that have the poisonous (skull and crossbones) symbol, and the Pest Control Product (PCP) Number

      b) The word “Domestic” on the label

      c) Maximum container size: 10 litres


Product Care DOES NOT ACCEPT the following hazardous waste materials: 

  • Commercial, industrial or agricultural products;
  • Products that are unlabelled or cannot be identified (unknowns);
  • Products that are leaking or improperly sealed;
  • Cosmetics, health and beauty aids;
  • Insect repellents, disinfectants and pet products.

Have Additional Questions?

Contact Product Care Association: Telephone (204) 477-0741, toll free: 1-888-772-9772 or by e-mail.

Related Documents and Links

  • Product Care Association - Manitoba Page: Click Here
  • Waste Reduction and Prevention (WRAP) Act:  Click Here
  • Household Hazardous Material and Prescribed Material Stewardship Regulation: Click Here
  • Program Guidelines: Click Here
  • Other Manitoba Stewardship Programs: Click Here

Have Questions about Recycling in Manitoba?

Call Green Manitoba in Winnipeg (204) 945-3268 outside Winnipeg toll free: 1-866-460-3118 or by email.