Disposing Hazardous & Dangerous Materials
Recycling Right isn’t just about diverting materials from the landfill, it’s also about keeping our communities safe. Many materials that we use every day can turn into dangerous combustibles when placed in the trash. Please see below to learn more about the materials you should NEVER place in the trash.
Lithium batteries, commonly found in cell phones and other electronic devices must be disposed of at a household hazardous waste facility.
Lithium batteries are extremely dangerous and can cause high temperature fire flareups when crushed.
Check with your local county for more information about proper ways to dispose of household hazardous waste such as batteries.
Remember to remove batteries from any cordless electronic equipment before disposal. A flashlight, portable radio and other like devices should have batteries removed before disposal at a household hazardous waste facility for disposal.
Electronics, Televisions and Monitors
Any item with a microchip inside is considered a household hazardous waste (HHW) and should never be placed in a curbside container. Please check with your local county for proper HHW disposal options.
Some counties and cities have bulky curbside or drop off options for electronics, please check with your local area for bulky service options.
Never place any type of propane tank in your trash, recycling or organics cart. These materials should be disposed of at a household hazardous waste facility.
Even Better Idea!
Consider using a refillable mini-propane tank to reduce waste. Refillable tanks are available at most home improvement or camping stores.
Used Motor Oil and Filters
Used oil and used oil filters should never be placed in any curbside container. Please check your local rules for disposal options. Some cities allow you set used oil and oil filters next to your recycling cart, but the oil must be placed in a WM approved plastic container and the oil filter in a plastic bag. Please check with your local area for used oil and filter curbside options.
Paints, Household Cleaners, and Pesticides, Herbicides
Any paints, household cleaners or other chemicals should never be placed in a curbside container. These items are considered household hazardous waste (HHW). Please check with your local county for proper disposal options.
Compact Fluorescent Bulbs (CFL)
CFL light bulbs are also considered household hazardous waste. Please check with your local county for proper disposal options.