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The Bureau of Waste Management Services organizes several days throughout the year to drop-off hazardous chemicals at a specific facility that are not ordinarily accepted. 

Unless used and disposed of according to directions, household chemicals present a threat to the environment. Special handling is required to dispose of them properly. Materials collected are recycled or disposed in hazardous waste landfills or incinerators. A licensed private company under contract to the County provides these services.

New disposal chambers at the Millersville landfill, called "cells", are not only double-lined, but include a system that collects any liquids (leachate) which pass through the trash. This liquid still must be removed, treated, and disposed of at a County water reclamation facility. Despite advances in landfill management that minimize environmental risk, it is still important that the waste stream be rid of wastes that are hazardous.

 You can help reduce the cost of this program by:

  • Avoid purchasing hazardous household materials
  • Using up what you buy
  • Giving away what you cannot use
  • Using safer alternatives


  • Drop-off hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (at all locations and all dates).
  • Program for Anne Arundel County Residents only.
  • Commercial vehicles and commercial waste are not accepted.  
  • For questions and comments on household hazardous waste drop-off days call (410) 222-7951.
  • Be prepared to show an Anne Arundel County driver's license and registration.

Household Hazardous Waste Brochure  | Printable schedule 

 4-09-16 Millersville Landfill & Resource Recovery Facility
389 Burns Crossing Road; Severn, MD 21144
 5-14-16 Southern Recycling Center
5400 Nutwell Sudley Road; Deale, MD 20751
 6-11-16 Northern Recycling Center
100 Dover Road; Glen Burnie, MD 21060
 7-23-16 Millersville Landfill & Resource Recovery Facility
389 Burns Crossing Road; Severn, MD 21144
 9-17-16 Southern Recycling Center
5400 Nutwell Sudley Road; Deale, MD 20751
 10-22-16 Northern Recycling Center
100 Dover Road; Glen Burnie, MD 21060

Materials Accepted

A wide variety of material is accepted at Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off events including:

  • Oil-based paints
  • Staining agents
  • Paint solvents
  • Pesticides
  • Household and automotive cleaners
  • Motor oil (mixed with water, fuel or any other product)
           Note: Motor oil that is not mixed is accepted for recycling at all Recycling Centers year-round
  • Antifreeze (mixed with fuel or any other fluid)
           Note: Antifreeze that is not mixed is accepted for recycling at all Recycling Centers year-round
  • Pool chemicals
  • Gasoline, Kerosene and other fuels
  • Mercury thermometers
  • Mercury thermostats   Click here to find the nearest Thermostat Recycling Corp. collection point
  • Fluorescent lights (tubes & bulbs) (See Special Note )
  • Mercury vapor lamps
  • Asbestos (small quantities accepted, limit 4 bags per resident per event and cannot be over 40 lbs. Maximum accepted 160 lbs. per event).  Must be wetted and double bagged.   
  • Freon and other refrigerants (small aerosol cans only - 18 ounces or less)
  • Flares  (hand-held flares, smoke flares, and roadside flares) Aerial/Parachutes flares are not accepted. Image of Flares 

Searchable List of Materials Accepted

Safer Alternatives

Stop Using Hazardous Products in Your Home.  Use Safer Alternatives Instead!
Cleaning use Alternative
Ammonia-based cleaners Vinegar, salt and water mixture for surface cleaning.  Baking soda and water for the bathroom.
Abrasive cleaners Rub area with one-half lemon dipped in borax, then rinse.
Floor or furniture polish 1 part lemon juice, 2 parts olive or vegetable oil.
Silver polishes Soak in boiling water with baking soda, salt, a piece of aluminum.
Toilet cleaners Baking soda, toilet brush.
Disinfectants One-half cup borax in 1 gallon water.
Drain cleaners Plunger; flush with boiling water, one-quarter cup baking soda, one-quarter cup vinegar.
Rug/upholstery cleaners Dry cornstarch sprinkled on, then vacuumed.
Water softener One-quarter cup vinegar in final rinse.
Oil stains White chalk rubbed into stain before laundering.
Glass cleaner White vinegar and water or rubbing alcohol and water.
Copper cleaner Paste of lemon juice, salt and flour or, rub on tomato paste, rinse off and buff.
Abrasive cleaners Baking soda
Stainless steel polish Baking soda or mineral oil for shining, vinegar to remove spots.
Stain Remover Vinegar
Mildew remover Lemon juice and salt or white vinegar and salt.
Natural Cleaning Products Shopping List
Vinegar Salt Lemons
Baking Soda Borax White Chalk
Aluminum Foil Flour Lemon Juice
Cornstarch Rubbing Alcohol Vegetable Oil
Olive Oil Tomato Paste  
For more information on safer alternatives to cleaning products, go to these websites: