Household Hazardous Waste
Household cleaners, swimming pool chemicals, paint, automotive fluids, batteries and electronics should not be placed in trash or recycling containers or placed out for brush and bulk collection. 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)
Time: 7:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020
Home Collection (Monthly)
Scottsdale Solid Waste provides scheduled household hazardous waste collection at your home for residents who pay for residential collection services. This program is for residential utility customers only. Each residential address can have up to 3 collections per year for free.
2020 Collection Months:
Steps for Home Collection HHW Pickup:
Acceptable & Unacceptable Items
From your house
- Aerosol Cans
- Cleaners and Spot Removers
- NiCad Batteries
- Photo Chemicals and Chemistry Sets
- Oven Cleaners
- Drain Cleaners
- Fire Extinguishers
- CFL and Fluorescent Light Bulbs
From your garage
- Car Batteries
- Engine Degreasers
- All Engine Fluids
From your yard
- Insecticides, Weed Killers and Poisons
- Rodent Killers
- Swimming Pool Chemicals
From your workbench
- Oil and Latex Paint (20 Gallon Limit)
- Hobby Supplies
- Rust Preventatives
- Spray Paint
- Stain Thinners and Strippers
Unacceptable Waste Products
- Biological Waste
- Leaking Containers
- Large Appliances
- Radioactive Materials
- Commercial Chemicals (for business use)
- 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