assortment of household products that are corrosive, toxic, ignitable or reactive

Leftover household products that contain corrosive, toxic, ignitable, or reactive ingredients are considered to be household hazardous waste (HHW). Products, such as paints,cleaners, oils, batteries, and pesticides, that contain potentially hazardous ingredients require special care when you dispose of them.

Identifying Hazardous Waste

If something is hazardous, the label will contain one of these signal words:

  • Caution
  • Danger
  • Poison
  • Warning
  • Corrosive
  • Flammable
  • Explosive
  • Oxidizer
  • Irritant
  • Environmental Hazard

    If the label contains one or more of these words, it is hazardous waste and is accepted at household hazardous waste collection sites. Do not throw hazardous waste in with your trash or recycling.

Don’t Just Throw it Away!

Improper disposal of hazardous waste can include:

  • Pouring them down the drain
  • Pouring the substance on the ground or into storm sewers
  • Putting them out with the trash

The dangers of such disposal methods might not be immediately obvious, but improper disposal of these wastes can pollute the environment and pose a threat to human health.

How to Properly Dispose of Household Hazardous Waste

Ada County maintains information on household hazardous waste disposal.

Days and Hours:

Every Monday (except holidays)

Hours: Noon – 7:00 p.m.


Republic Services Transfer Station, 2130 W. Franklin

hazardous waste mobile collection truck

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