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Household Hazardous Waste


Items accepted include:

Oil-based paints & staining agents, Paint solvents, Pesticides, Fertilizer, Household & automotive cleaners, Oil and antifreeze contaminated with water or other products, Pool chemicals, Gasoline, Kerosene & other fuels, Hand-held signal, smoke & roadside flares, Mercury-containing items (Thermometers, Thermostats, Button batteries, Fluorescent light tubes, Mercury vapor lamps), Asbestos / Asbestos shingles & tiles (Must be wetted and double-bagged. limit = four 40 lb. bags per resident per event).  Click to view the collection schedule


Preparation Instructions:

How to prepare for a Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection event.

During the events, trained personnel will ask you to remain in your car while they unload the HHW from your trunk. To make unloading safe for staff and fast for you:

  • Tightly secure all container lids to avoid leaks and spills then set your HHW in plastic totes or boxes to contain accidental spills during transport.
  • Call 410-222-7951 before an event if you have any drums of material.
  • Transfer large amounts of fuel into travel-safe gas cans so staff can empty them and return them back to the owner for reuse.
  • Keep materials in their original packaging, when possible, and label any material that had to be packed in alternative containers. Never mix different types of HHW into one container.
  • Secure your material in your vehicle’s trunk, backseat or truck bed, to keep it safely away from passengers during transport.
  • Make sure items can be easily accessed. Never cover or block your materials under other items like trash or yard waste.


Where is material accepted?
Bulk Pickup Required
Recycling Centers
Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off
Non County Alternative
Unless used or disposed of according to directions, household and commercial chemicals present a threat to the surface water and ground water that we drink. Special handling is required to dispose of them properly. Commercial companies should contact the Maryland Department of the Environment for handling requirements at (410) 537-3400. County residents may safely dispose of Household Hazardous Waste on designated drop-off days.