Household Hazardous Waste

Household hazardous wastes (HHW) are any unwanted household product labeled as flammable, toxic, corrosive, or reactive. Their characteristics make them very common to obtain/posses but unsafe for general landfill disposal. Common HHW items include:

  • Acids and bases
  • Cleaners
  • Smoke detectors
  • Paints and stains
    • Note that latex based paint can be safely thrown away if it is completely solid/dried - this does not apply to oil based paint. Visit our Paint page for more information. 
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Pool chemicals
  • Pesticides/herbicides
  • Automotive fluids
    • Check with local auto parts stores and auto service centers about disposal options near you. For example, AutoZone, O’Reilly Auto Parts, and Advance Auto Parts all accept used motor oils/gear oils at the majority of their stores for safe disposal.
  • Camp stove propane tanks
  • Mercury and mercury thermostats/thermometers
  • More...

Disposal Options

There are no permanent collection or drop-off facilities in the Eaton County area for HHW. ECDRR accepts these items at our three recycling events held annually in May, June, and August. To find and register for upcoming events visit our Recycling Events page. 

Sometimes we can offer advice/options for disposal of specific items. For these and other inquires please contact our office.