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Household Hazardous Waste

Household Hazardous Waste

Is your home a hazardous waste site?

Whether it’s a house or an apartment, maintaining a home requires lots of work: painting, cleaning, washing, and much more! Some jobs around the house may require the use of products that contain hazardous components. Household hazardous waste (HHW) cannot be poured down the drain, on the ground, into the storm drain or put out with the trash and should be disposed of according to their type.

  • Dispose of household hazardous waste properly and free of charge
    Household hazardous waste includes household maintenance products, automotive products, lawn & garden products, electronics, and more. Visit one of the websites listed below for more information about household hazardous waste disposal where you live.




    Isle of Wight, Smithfield, Windsor

    James City County

    Newport News






    Virginia Beach



  • Buy and use only the amount needed for your project. Leftovers can be shared or donated.
  • Use Earth-friendly products. Read product labels and select non-hazardous or less hazardous components that do the same job.
  • Recycle aerosol sprays, compact florescent light bulbs (CFL), drain cleaners, floor wax, fungicides, furniture polish, insect repellants & sprays, mothballs, oven cleaners, paints, stains, varnish, pesticides, weed killers and swimming pool chemicals at a local hazardous waste recycling event or deliver them to a SPSA hazardous waste collection facility. All containers should be labeled and sealed.
  • Household batteries and old home electronics can be recycled at a local E-cycling event or at a battery or electronics retailer.
  • Fats, oils and grease don't belong in the drain. Cool or freeze them in a sealed container and deposit them in the trash. Large quantities can be taken to a local recycling event.
  • Prescription drugs no longer used or expired should first be crushed or diluted and mixed with kitty litter or sawdust. Seal them in the original container and remove your personal information before depositing in the trash or returning them to the pharmacy.
  • Vehicle products such as antifreeze, automotive batteries, automotive oil, brake & transmission fluid, car wax and gasoline should be labeled and recycled at a local auto parts store or household hazardous waste facility.
  • Latex paint can be safely disposed of in your trash can if you take the following steps. Please note: this ONLY APPLIES to latex (water based) paint! If the paint is old and dry, leave the lid off and dispose of it in your regular trash. If the paint is still a liquid, add kitty litter or other absorbent material such as sawdust or mulch, and stir until very thick and no longer runny. Once you've done this, you can leave the lid off and dispose of it in your regular trash.
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