Household Hazardous Waste
Household cleaners, paint, automotive fluids, batteries and electronics should not be placed in trash or recycling containers. Scottsdale Solid Waste offers two ways to recycle household hazardous waste: the annual Drop-Off Yard Event and monthly Home Collection.
Drop-Off Yard Event (Annual)
2017 event has already occurred and 2018 event has yet to be scheduled. Please use the monthly home pickup registration below in the interim
Home Collection (Monthly)
Scottsdale Solid Waste provides scheduled household hazardous waste home collection for residents who pay for residential collection services. Scottsdale residents can properly dispose of these materials using our free Home Household Hazardous Waste Collection. Upcoming collection months are: August, September, October, November. Registration opens the first day of each collection month listed.
This service is offered to 200 residents per month on a first come, first served basis.
Items we can accept:
- Photo Chemicals
- Automotive Fluids
- Household Cleaners
- Pool Acids / Chlorine
- Solvents and Thinners
- Paints / Stains / Varnishes
- Household and Car Batteries
- CFL and Fluorescent Light Bulbs
Items we can’t accept:
- Medical Waste
- Landscape Waste
- Explosive Material
- Radioactive Material
- Annual drop-off event is for hazardous materials generated from residences only – no commercial hazardous materials will be accepted.
- Material should be tightly sealed in its original container, if possible, and placed in a cardboard box. Glass containers should be wrapped in towels, cloth or packaged in some other way to prevent breakage. Materials should be transported to the event in the trunk or bed of your vehicle.
- If you cannot make it to our drop-off event, check your local auto parts, home improvement or battery store: many will accept specific household hazardous waste items and properly dispose them.
Proper disposal of medications
When you no longer need a medication (prescription or non-prescription)
Please do not put medications in your garbage disposal, drain or flush them down the toilet.
Recent research from the Environmental Protection Agency has revealed that pharmaceuticals are now evident in our nation’s water bodies and groundwater – possibly due to improper disposal.
Instead, here’s a simple, safe and effective way to dispose of medications:
- Place the medication(s) in a watertight container
- Add enough warm water to help them dissolve into a paste
- Add a small amount of an undesirable substance like dish soap, coffee grounds or kitty litter to prevent pets and animals from eating it
- Bag and tie the container and place it in your black trash receptacle for normal collection