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Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)

Household waste1 is any material (including garbage and sanitary wastes in septic tanks) derived from households (including single and multiple residences, hotels and motels, bunkhouses, ranger stations, crew quarters, campgrounds, picnic grounds and day-use recreation areas), except for construction debris, landscaping rubble or demolition debris.2

Household hazardous waste (HHW) is household waste that can catch fire, react, or explode under certain circumstances, or that is corrosive or toxic.
HHWs are excluded from the definition of hazardous waste3, but are solid wastes4 that may require special care when you dispose of them.

EPA Guidance for Safely Managing and Reducing HHW | Learn More >

Household Hazardous Waste Collection

ADEQ does not offer HHW collection services, but many towns, cities or counties have developed programs to reduce the potential risks associated with the management and disposal of HHW. For instance, municipalities may arrange periodic drop-off days or maintain permanent HHW collection at solid waste transfer facilities approved by ADEQ. Commercially owned and operated solid waste transfer stations may also choose to accept HHW. Contact your local town, city, or county local environmental, health, or solid waste agency to learn about permanent or periodic HHW collection offered near you.

See the list of waste transfer stations by county to find and contact a facility near you | View >

If you would like to safely manage your HHW, but do not have access to a collection program offered by your local municipality, there are local retailers or specialized companies that accept HHW.

You can find such businesses by using recycling facility locaters, such as:

For those interested in increasing the availability of HHW collection within their community, the EPA has developed a manual for implementing one-day HHW community collection programs | Learn more >