Household Hazardous Waste

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)

HHW is not trash. HHW are products that contain corrosive, toxic, ignitable, or reactive substances. Proper storage and disposal of the following materials protects our environment:

  • Batteries
  • Smoke detectors
  • Cleaners and Solvents
  • Devices that contain Mercury (Thermostats, CFLs)
  • Fertilizers, Pesticides, and Insecticides
  • Motor Oils and Fuels
  • Paints and Stains

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  • Valley Resource Management is offering Free Trial Mail-Back kits for safe needle disposal.
  • You can pick up a Free Mail-Back kit at the EHS office on the 2nd floor of Aspen City Hall.
  • Go to for more information or call the City of Aspen EHS office at 970-920-5039.

Proper HHW Disposal

HHW drop off at the the Pitkin County Landfill. Drop off hours are:

  • Wednesday through Friday
    7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Saturday
    9 a.m. to noon

Aspen Locations for Some HHW

  • Household Batteries
    Rio Grande Recycling Facility
  • Cell Phones
    1st Floor of Aspen City Hall
    130 South Galena
  • CFLs
    • Alpine Bank
      600 E Hopkins Avenue
      Number 101
      Aspen, CO 
    • Environmental Health and Sustainability Office
      2nd Floor
      Aspen City Hall
  • Thermostats
    • Alpine Ace Hardware
      300 Puppy Smith Street
      Aspen, CO
    • Environmental Health and Sustainability Office
      2nd Floor
      Aspen City Hall 

Proper HHW Procedures

  • Read labels carefully and follow warnings and handling instructions
  • Purchase products in the smallest quantities possible to get your job done
  • Use products completely before purchasing new
  • Store products securely in their original and clearly labeled containers
  • Look for less toxic alternatives
  • Plan ahead and give yourself time to dispose of HHW properly if you are moving
  • Don't pour them on ground, toilets, drains, storm sewers, or gutters
  • Don't mix chemicals or wastes unless you are sure they are compatible
  • Don't put liquid wastes in the trash unless they have been stabilized (dried out or solidified) for disposal