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This program is for Anne Arundel County residents ONLY. Commercially registered vehicles, including rentals, and commercial waste are not accepted. 

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

How to Prepare

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 boxes or plastic totes to contain accidental spills during transport. Due to the ongoing pandemic, plastic totes are not guaranteed to be returned to customers.

  • Call 410-222-7951 before an event if you have any drums of material. Drums will not be returned.
  • 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 in 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.


  • Drop-off hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (at all locations and dates listed below).
  • Program for Anne Arundel County Residents only.
  • Commercially registered vehicles, including rentals, 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.
Latex Paint • Motor Oil • Antifreeze • Propane Tanks • Batteries
These are all accepted daily at all County recycling Centers. Visit for battery recycling options.
Date Location
03/25/23 Heritage Office Complex (2662 Riva Road; Annapolis, MD 21401)
04/29/23 Heritage Office Complex (2662 Riva Road; Annapolis, MD 21401)
05/20/23 Heritage Office Complex (2662 Riva Road; Annapolis, MD 21401)
06/17/23 Heritage Office Complex (2662 Riva Road; Annapolis, MD 21401)
09/16/23 Heritage Office Complex (2662 Riva Road; Annapolis, MD 21401)
10/14/23 Heritage Office Complex (2662 Riva Road; Annapolis, MD 21401)

Materials Accepted

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

  • Oil-based paints
          Note: Latex paint is accepted at all Recycling Centers year-round
  • Staining agents
  • Paint solvents
  • Pesticides
  • Fertilizer
  • Household and automotive cleaners
  • At-home photo developing chemicals
  • 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 (paper covered roadside flares ONLY
    Please Note: Aerial/Parachute flares and Smoke/Marine flares are not accepted.
    Accepted and Not Accepted 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: