For a great overview, check out “What to Expect at a Household Chemical Collection.”
Q: What type of materials do you take? If so, what is the cost?
A: We take various types of chemicals and hazardous waste. The price for disposal of Household Chemical Waste will be different in 2021 due to modifications to our events relating to the COVID-19 outbreak and following guidelines set by the CDC to minimize interactions a the event. To see our complete list of fees, click on the Acceptable Material & Associated Fees tab on this page.
Q: What forms of payment do you accept at these events?
A. We accept cash, checks, and credit cards.
Q: Is there anyone on-site to help me unload?
A: Yes. The event is a drive-through event, so participants must stay in their vehicles. We work alongside Hazardous Waste Contractors on site who unload materials from all participant vehicles.
Q: Do you unload vehicles past 1 pm?
A: The line shuts at 1 pm, and everyone who is in line by 1 pm will have their materials unloaded.
Q: Why are fire extinguishers so expensive?
A: The complete fire extinguisher has to be dismantled. This starts with the de-pressurization of the extinguisher, then the valve & valve stem must be removed. Any un-discharged flame retardant material must be poured out and collected and is actually kept in containers around the facility and can then be used on spills and fire prevention within the facility.
Q: How do I manage my household chemical waste
A: The best method of managing Household Chemical Waste is to prevent its generation in the first place. This involves selecting the least toxic item “to do the job” and buying the minimum amounts necessary, as well as pressuring producers to make less toxic alternatives. Buying large quantities of a chemical product can result in left overs.
If the material is still usable (e.g., undamaged, still within designated shelf life), check with friends and neighbors to see if they can use it. You can also check with community groups such as Habitat for Humanity to see if they can use the product.
LATEX paint is able to be disposed of in household trash once dry – to learn about how to dispose of latex paint at home CLICK HERE.
To learn more, you can visit our Household Hazardous Waste Safe & Health Home Guide.