Sorry, you need to enable JavaScript to visit this website.


Department of Public Works

DC Agency Top Menu

-A +A
Bookmark and Share

Handling Household Hazardous Waste Materials

Miscellaneous hazardous materials

The safe disposal of hazardous household waste (HHW) helps to prevent the release of dangerous substances into the environment. HHW applies to any leftover or unused household products that are poisonous and/or can:

  • Burn or cause a fire.
  • Eat away materials.
  • Destroy living tissue on contact.
  • Cause an explosion or release poisonous fumes when exposed to air, water or other chemicals.
  • Damage or destroy cells and chromosomal material.

These items should not be put in trash or recycling containers for DPW to collect, nor should they be included with items for bulk trash collection. Employees can be harmed by these toxic items.

 DPW accepts residents’ household hazardous waste at routine Special Waste Collection Events. View the current schedule

Contact Email: 
Contact Phone: 
(202) 737-4404
Contact Fax: 
(202) 671-0642
Contact TTY: 
(202) 673-6833