Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)

Household Hazardous Waste

Preparing Items for Transportation

  • If possible, bring items in their original containers, or clearly mark on the container its contents.
  • Inspect containers for damage or leaks, and tighten all lids before transporting.
  • If the original container is leaking or damaged, place the entire container in a larger container such as a plastic 5 gallon pail. You may want to place some kitty litter in the pail to absorb any leaking material. Smaller items can be sealed in a Ziploc® type bag while larger ones may be placed in double garbage bags. In any of the above options, do not place different products in the same container.
  • If you wrap up a container so that the original label cannot be seen, clearly mark its contents and be sure to tell the collection staff what the contents are.
  • NEVER MIX CHEMICALS! Toxic fumes or an explosion can result and it prevents recycling of the materials.
  • Place containers upright in sturdy cardboard boxes or plastic trays, and pad with newspaper or kitty litter. You may even want to line your trunk or truck bed with plastic before you place items inside.
  • Secure the boxes to prevent them from sliding, spilling or otherwise being damaged.
  • Do not transport wastes in the same part of your vehicle as children or pets. Put containers in trunk or rear of your car (not on passenger seats). Come straight to the HHW facility or collection event to avoid any problems with the waste.
  • If you must transport items inside the car, keep the car ventilated and place combustibles out of direct sunlight and away from heat sources.
  • Don't eat, drink or smoke while handling household hazardous wastes or transporting them.
  • Wash your hands and face after handling these materials.
  • *If you are unsure what an item is please make sure staff are aware of it.*