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Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Program
The Cuyahoga County Solid Waste Management District partners with the 59 communities in the county to offer local, more frequent collection events for disposal of household hazardous wastes (HHW).
Household hazardous waste is collected from residents by the city service department and is delivered to the District’s year-round Special Waste Convenience Center. Collection events are held only at city service departments; the District's facility is not open to the general public. This program is for Cuyahoga County residents only. Most communities will only accept and manage waste from their own residents.
Looking for recycling information for your community? Find details here.
Acceptable and unacceptable items
Household hazardous wastes are materials that are marked dangerous, caustic or flammable. The District can only accept materials that originated from a household and not a commercial source. In accordance with Federal Law, our contractor is not allowed to accept or transport business waste with household waste due to EPA classifications. Currently, household hazardous wastes are not regulated and are exempt from RCRA classification.
"Household” sources are defined as single and multiple residences. The law defines “non-household sources” to include schools, farms, universities, churches, doctor and dentist offices, government facilities, non-profit organizations, hospitals, commercial businesses (both small and large), and manufacturing facilities. Non-household sources should call the District's Business Recycling Specialist for disposal recommendations at (216) 443-3732.
The following household items are accepted in this program:
Household materials accepted
Oil or solvent-based paint, sealers, primers, or coatings (aerosols or liquids)
Varnishes, polyurethanes, shellacs
Paint thinner, mineral spirits, turpentine
Pesticides, herbicides, fungicides
Caustic household cleaners
Automotive fluids, motor oil, car batteries
Adhesives, roof tar, driveway sealer
Kerosene, gasoline, lighter fluid
Mercury, fluorescent bulbs (6 ft. length max.)
Materials NOT accepted
Explosives, gun powder, ammunition, flares
Medical waste, pharmaceuticals, medicine, sharps
Radioactive waste (smoke detectors)
Business or commercial waste
Proper Disposal of Hazardous Household Products and Special Wastes brochure (PDF)
Disposal of latex paint & other items
The District does not accept latex paint in this recycling program. Latex paint is comprised mostly of water and is not a hazardous material. To dispose of latex paint, solidify and place in your curbside trash. For detailed instructions, see our page on disposal of latex paint.
Dried out paint and/or empty paint cans are not hazardous and should be placed in the regular rubbish.
Ace Hardware, Lowe's Home Improvement, The Home Depot, and TrueValue Hardware have national compact fluorescent lightbulb (CFL) recycling programs. Customers can simply bring in any expired, unbroken CFL bulb, and place it in the store's proper recycling container for free. Fluorescent tube bulbs can be recycled through a handful of local recycling companies.
Learn how the new and improved Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Program works.
In April 2011, the Solid Waste District opened a facility to receive household hazardous waste collected by Cuyahoga County communities. Household hazardous waste is collected from residents by the city service department and is delivered to the District’s year-round Special Waste Convenience Center. Round-Ups are no longer held at the county fairgrounds. This new and improved program makes it more convenient to recycle unwanted household chemicals and protect the environment.
The Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Program is free to all Cuyahoga County households. The program provides for the environmentally-safe disposal of hazardous, poisonous or toxic household products that cannot be disposed in the regular trash.
Since this program began in 1996, more than 10.3 million pounds of hazardous household chemicals have been collected. When households improperly store or dispose of hazardous materials in the trash, storm drains, or the ground, they can pollute our environment and endanger the health and safety themselves, their family, pets, and sanitation workers.
HHW collection events in other counties
Our recycling programs are for Cuyahoga County residents. Other local Solid Waste Districts hold free collection events for their residents the same way we provide this service for ours. If you don't live in Cuyahoga, contact your resident county for information about events going on throughout the year.