Household Hazardous Waste

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has identified many leftover/unused household products as hazardous waste.
This list includes such things as:

  • Batteries
  • Cleaners
  • Gasoline
  • Miscellaneous chemicals
  • Oils
  • Paints
  • Pesticides
  • Petroleum products

A waste product that is ignitable, reactive, corrosive, or toxic is considered a Hazardous Waste.  Such wastes can catch fire, react or explode under certain circumstances, or be corrosive or toxic; therefore, they need to be disposed of properly, not down the drain! For more information on Household Hazardous Wastes, please visit EPA’s website

Various containers of Household Hazardous Waste

"What should I do with my household hazardous waste?"

Visit Metro Waste Authority’s Hazardous Waste Drop-off website or call them at (515) 967-5512 for more information on identifying and properly disposing of your household hazardous wastes.