Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off Days
The more you use safe alternatives, the less we spend on disposal of HHW. The more HHW you dispose of, the less we save during these tough budgetary times. Choosing safer alternatives is the difference between money saved and money spent.
So ask yourself, “Why unnecessarily buy something that is harmful and expensive to dispose of when you could choose an alternative that’s safer and cheaper to manage?” You can help reduce the cost of this program by:
• Avoid purchasing hazardous household materials
• Using up what you buy
• Giving away what you cannot use
• Using safer alternatives
Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off Days provide opportunities for County residents to safely dispose of products containing harmful chemicals. Unless used and disposed of according to directions, these household chemicals present a threat to the environment. Special handling is required to dispose of them properly. Materials collected are recycled or disposed in hazardous waste landfills or incinerators. A licensed private company under contract to the County provides these services.
New disposal chambers at the Millersville landfill, called "cells", are not only double-lined, but include a system that collects any liquids (leachate) which pass through the trash. This liquid still must be removed, treated, and disposed of at a County water reclamation facility. Despite advances in landfill management that minimize environmental risk, it is still important that the waste stream be rid of wastes that are hazardous.
2015 Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off Schedule
- Drop-off hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (at all locations and all dates).
- Program for Anne Arundel County Residents only.
- Commercial vehicles and commercial waste are not accepted. Click for options.
- For questions and comments on household hazardous waste drop-off days call (410) 222-7951.
Household Hazardous Waste Brochure | Printable schedule
A wide variety of material is accepted at Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off events including:
- Oil-based paints
- Staining agents
- Paint solvents
- Household and automotive cleaners
- Motor oil (mixed with water, fuel or any other product)
Note: Motor oil that is not mixed is accepted for recycling at all Recycling Centers year-round
- Antifreeze (mixed with fuel or any other fluid)
Note: Antifreeze that is not mixed is accepted for recycling at all Recycling Centers year-round
- Pool chemicals
- Gasoline, Kerosene and other fuels
- Mercury thermometers
- Mercury thermostats Click here to find the nearest Thermostat Recycling Corp. collection point
- Fluorescent lights (tubes & bulbs) (See Special Note )
- Mercury vapor lamps
- Asbestos (small quantities accepted, limit 4 bags per resident per event and cannot be over 40 lbs. Maximum accepted 160 lbs. per event). Must be wetted and double bagged.
- Freon and other refrigerants (small aerosol cans only - 18 ounces or less)
- Flares (hand-held flares, smoke flares, and roadside flares)
Aerial/Parachutes flares are not accepted. Click here for more details about types of flares.
- The Home Depot ® and Lowe's ® accept compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) for recycling.
( NO broken bulbs or fluorescent tubes. Program is for residential material only.)
Click here to visit Earth911.com and find a retail recycling center near you.
- Alkaline batteries (A, C, D) may be disposed of with household trash.
The following items are accepted for recycling year round at the Recycling Centers:
- Motor oil (used or unused)
Not accepted if mixed with water, fuel (gas/kerosene), paint, cooking oil, or any other fluid
- Antifreeze (used or unused)
Not accepted if mixed with fuel (gas/kerosene), paint, cooking oil, or any other fluid
- Automobile batteries
- NiCad (rechargeable) batteries
- Camera batteries
- Watch batteries
- Button batteries
- Cooking oil (liquid only)
These products are not accepted at Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off Days:
Click any link below for more details
Note: Latex paint, medical waste, smoke detectors, and cooking grease are accepted at all Recycling Centers year-round.
Please follow these tips for quick and safe disposal:
- Read labels for safe handling instructions
- Keep products in their original containers
- Place several small containers together in a non-returnable box for quicker processing
- Do not mix products
Be prepared to show an Anne Arundel County driver's license and registration.
|Stop Using Hazardous Products in Your Home|
Use Safer Alternatives Instead
|Ammonia-based cleaners||Vinegar, salt and water mixture for surface cleaning. Baking soda and water for the bathroom.|
|Abrasive cleaners||Rub area with one-half lemon dipped in borax, then rinse.|
|Floor or furniture polish||1 part lemon juice, 2 parts olive or vegetable oil.|
|Silver polishes||Soak in boiling water with baking soda, salt, a piece of aluminum.|
|Toilet cleaners||Baking soda, toilet brush.|
|Disinfectants||One-half cup borax in 1 gallon water.|
|Drain cleaners||Plunger; flush with boiling water, one-quarter cup baking soda, one-quarter cup vinegar.|
|Rug/upholstery cleaners||Dry cornstarch sprinkled on, then vacuumed.|
|Water softener||One-quarter cup vinegar in final rinse.|
|Oil stains||White chalk rubbed into stain before laundering.|
|Glass cleaner||White vinegar and water or rubbing alcohol and water.|
|Copper cleaner||Paste of lemon juice, salt and flour or, rub on tomato paste, rinse off and buff.|
|Abrasive cleaners||Baking soda|
|Stainless steel polish||Baking soda or mineral oil for shining, vinegar to remove spots.|
|Mildew remover||Lemon juice and salt or white vinegar and salt.|
Natural Cleaning Products Shopping List
|Baking Soda||Borax||White Chalk|
|Aluminum Foil||Flour||Lemon Juice|
|Cornstarch||Rubbing Alcohol||Vegetable Oil|
|Olive Oil||Tomato Paste|| |
For more information on safer alternatives to cleaning products, go to these websites: