Hazardous Waste

Hazardous Waste General Information

Most hazardous household products are intended to be used without any waste, but inevitably some products must be discarded. Always read the label carefully on unfamiliar items before you throw them away. Products labeled corrosive, flammable, toxic or reactive are household hazardous wastes and need to be disposed of properly by the resident at any of the Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County's transfer stations. 

Never dispose of household hazardous products by placing them at curbside for City collection, burning, or pouring down the household drain or storm drain. If placed for curbside pickup, these products can be dangerous or injurious to anyone, including our Sanitation personnel. 

If you witness a hazardous spill or release, call 911 immediately. If you see someone pour a substance into an inlet, or if you see or smell an unknown substance into an inlet, call the Fire Department immediately (911). Never try samples of the substance yourself. Leave that task to the professionals!

Household hazardous waste includes, but is not limited to the following:

  • Acids/Caustics
  • Adhesives
  • Antifreeze
  • Batteries - Car/Marine
  • Batteries (rechargeable, lithium*)
  • Bleach/Chlorine
  • Chemicals
  • Electronics (including cell phones, tablets)
  • Fertilizers
  • Flammables
  • Fluorescent tubes
  • Grease
  • Medicines
  • Minerals
  • Motor oil
  • Needles/Syringes
  • Paint - Latex/Oil
  • Pesticides
  • Petroleum products
  • Pool chemicals
  • Propane tanks
  • Rat poison
  • Solvents
  • Weed Killers

* NOTE: Common household batteries (alkaline, zinc-carbon & zinc-chloride, heavy duty) are not considered hazardous waste and can be disposed of in your regular garbage. However, lithium/rechargeable batteries CANNOT and must be disposed at a Household Hazardous Waste center or other battery collection site. Be sure to check the label on your batteries.

Disposal Instructions 

Disposal of hazardous waste is the responsibility of the tenant, property owner or contractor and not the City. 

For proper disposal instructions of household hazardous waste, please call the Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County toll free at 866-792-4636

For disposal of hypodermic needles, call the Palm Beach County Health Department, South Center at 561-274-3100. 

Note: Regular fluorescent light bulbs and CFL's contain mercury, and should not be disposed of curbside. Homeowners are encouraged to bring their used household fluorescent bulbs to any one of Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County's hazardous waste drop-off locations or to home improvement stores.