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Household Waste Disposal Options


Rejuvenate and use

Save for collection

Dilute and flush

Stabilize for trash

Acids (includes muriatic and hydrochloric)   Preferred How to  
Ammonia-based cleaning products   Preferred How to  
Ammunition (contact local law enforcement for disposal)        
Antifreeze   Preferred How to  
Appliances       How to
Asbestos-containing materials       How to
Bandages and wound dressings       How to
Bases (includes drain cleaner, oven cleaner, bleach and lye)   Preferred How to  
Batteries (alkaline)       How to
Batteries (automotive lead-acid)   Preferred 1   Prohibited
Batteries (including nickel-cadmium (ni-cad), nickel metal hydride (ni-mh), lithium (li), button and small sealed lead-acid (Pb))   Preferred 2    
Bleach-based cleaning products   Preferred How to  
Computers, TVs and other electronics   Preferred   Prohibited7 
Cooking oil   Preferred   How to
Degreasers Preferred Preferred   How to
Drain cleaner   Preferred How to  
Fertilizer   Preferred   How to
Fireworks (contact local law enforcement for disposal)       How to
Fluorescent lamps and CFLs   Preferred 3    
Fuel (includes gasoline, diesel, kerosene and two-stroke oil/gasoline mixtures) Preferred Preferred   How to
Medications and Pharmaceuticals   Preferred   How to
Motor oil   Preferred 4   Prohibited
Needles and sharps   Preferred   How to
Oil filters       How to
Paint       How to
Paint stripper   Preferred   How to
Paint thinner Preferred Preferred   How to
Pesticides (includes herbicides, fumigants, insecticides, nemacides, fungicides, miticides, rodenticides, termiticides, molluscides, acaricides, bird repellents, and some wood preservatives)   Preferred   How to
Photographic processing chemicals   Preferred How to  
Propane cylinders and canisters   Preferred    
Smoke detector       How to
Solvent-contaminated rags       How to
Solvents   Preferred   How to
Stains   Preferred   How to
Swimming pool and hot tub chemicals   Preferred   How to
Thermometer   Preferred   How to
Thermostat   Preferred 5   How to
Tires   Preferred   Prohibited 6
Transmission fluids   Preferred   Prohibited
Wood preservatives   Preferred   How to


1 Automotive lead-acid batteries are usually accepted by major battery retailers because of their monetary value when recycled. There may be a fee if you don't turn in your old battery when purchasing a new one.

2 Some retailers are corporate participants in the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC) program to recycle rechargeable batteries including Batteries Plus, Best Buy, Cingular Wireless, Circuit City, Home Depot, Lowes, RadioShack, Sears, Staples, Target, Verizon and Wal-mart. Contact retailers in your area to determine if they participate in this program.

3 Some power companies and retailers, like Ace and Home Depot, offer recycling services for CFLs. Contact retailers in your area to determine if they participate in this program.

4 Local service stations offering oil changing services, specialty oil changing service facilities and some auto parts retailers may accept up to five (5) gallons of uncontaminated used motor oil for recycling as a service to their customers. Always call first before bringing oil to a potential recycling site. Do not abandon used oil or other wastes at these facilities after hours or you may be prosecuted for illegal disposal. Do not mix used antifreeze or water with used oil.

5 Some heating and air conditioning (HVAC) wholesalers, distributors and contractors participate in the Thermostat Recycling Corporation's thermostat recycling program. Contact HVAC businesses in your area to determine if they participate in this program. 

6 Landfills can no longer accept waste tires from households for disposal unless the resident can demonstrate that they live in an area with no viable alternatives available.

7 Banned from landfill disposal after July 1, 2013.