Household Hazardous Waste

Leftover household products that contain corrosive, toxic, ignitable, or reactive ingredients are considered to be household hazardous waste (HHW). Products, such as oil-based paints, cleaners, oils, batteries, and pesticides, that contain potentially hazardous ingredients require special care when you dispose of them.

Improper disposal of HHW can include pouring them down the drain, on the ground, into storm sewers, or in some cases putting them out with the trash. The dangers of such disposal methods might not be immediately obvious, but improper disposal of these wastes can pollute the environment and pose a threat to human health. 

Below are typical HHW items and how to dispose of them.

CFL Lightbulb graphicCFL Lightbulbs: Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFl's) can be taken to any Home Depot or ACE Hardware store for proper disposal. 

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Electronics:  These items can be taken to your local recycling center or they can be placed in your recycling container.

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Latex or Oil Paints:  The best method of disposal for all types of paint is to "use it up, or pass it on".  Give to neighbors, schools or other non-profit organizations.  Remember, empty paint cans or paint that has completely dried in the can is not hazardous and can be placed in your trash container.  Oil-based paint is hazardous and must be disposed of at a household hazardous waste disposal site. 

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Tires:  It is preferred that tires be left with the dealer.  Maricopa County Waste Disposal & Recycling Centers will accept up to five (5) tires annually from County residents.

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Rechargeable Batteries (Nickel-Cadmium or Lithium):  Batteries used in tools such as cordless drills, cordless phones or cell phones can be taken to any Lowe's or Home Depot for proper recycling.

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Alkaline Batteries:
  These batteries have low toxicity which makes them safe to dispose in your trash container.

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Motor Oil:  O'Reilly Auto Parts and Auto Zone can dispose of your motor oil at no cost. 

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Car Batteries:  Return these to a local recycling facility for possible cash.   O'Reilly Auto Parts and Auto Zone will also take them at no charge.
Car Batteries:  Return these to a local recycling facility for possible cash.  O'Reilly Auto Partsand Auto Zone will also take then at no charge.