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:

Take these items to the Pitkin County Landfill. (Drop off hours are Wednesday through Friday 7:30 am to 4 pm and Saturday 9 am to 11:45 am)

  • Batteries (household batteries also accepted at the Rio Grande Recycle Center)
  • Smoke detectors
  • Cell phones
  • Cleaners, Solvents, Paints and Stains
  • Thermostats, CFLs (Devices that contain mercury)
  • Fertilizers, Pesticides, and Insecticides
  • Motor Oils and Fuels
  • Electronic Waste (click to page for more information on E-Waste)

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