Household Hazardous Waste

Extreme Caution: Household Hazardous Waste

Hazardous Household Waste, or HHW, includes stuff we use every day around the house, like batteries, cleaners, paint, and solvents. Don’t throw them in the trash. Don’t pour them down the sink. Don’t flush them down the toilet. And—seriously—don’t dump them in the backyard. These are highly toxic chemicals that sewage treatment plants often can’t completely filter out. And even if it doesn’t make it to your faucet, improper disposal of contaminates can poison groundwater and harm plants and animals.

Head to Our Collection Days

The safest bet when it comes to any hazardous household waste is to bring it to one of the free collection events sponsored by Casella Waste Systems and Ontario County. HHW events are typically held every April and September. Please continue to check the Special Events page for dates, times and locations of events.

Here’s a list of hazardous materials accepted at no charge at these events:

  • Acids/Bases
  • Adhesives
  • Aerosols
  • Antifreeze
  • Batteries
  • Boric acid
  • Brake fluid
  • Cements
  • Charcoal lighters
  • Chlorine
  • Cleaning fluid
  • De-greasers
  • Disinfectants
  • Drain cleaners
  • Dry gas
  • Dyes
  • Epoxies
  • Fiberglass resins
  • Flea powders
  • Furniture strippers
  • Hair removers
  • Herbicides
  • Insect repellents
  • Lacquers
  • Lubricants
  • Mothballs or flakes
  • Motor oil
  • Nail polish removers
  • Oil based paints
  • Oven cleaners
  • Paint removers/thinners
  • Permanent solutions
  • Pesticides
  • Photo chemicals
  • Rat poisons
  • Rug and upholstery cleaners
  • Rust solvents
  • Spot removers
  • Tub and tile cleaners
  • Turpentine
  • Varnish
  • Weed killers
  • Wood polishes and stains
  • Wood preservatives

Products containing mercury, LED lightbulbs, and florescent light tubes will also be accepted.

Materials NOT Accepted at HHW Collection Events: NO LATEX PAINT*, household electronics, tires, compressed gas cylinders, explosives or shock-sensitive materials, ammunition, radioactive wastes, pathological wastes, infectious waste, medicines, PCB's, Freon containing devices (air conditioners, dehumidifiers)

*Latex paint will not be accepted at the April 30, 2022 HHW collection event, but beginning at the September 10, 2022 HHW collection event latex paint WILL BE ACCEPTED. Have latex paint you need to dispose of before September? Stay tuned for local drop off locations beginning in May 2022.