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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’ HHW materials at the Ft. Totten Transfer Station, 4900 John F. McCormack Drive, NE, every Saturday (except holidays) between 8 am and 3 pm. An additional Household Hazardous Waste/E-Cycling only drop-off occurs the Thursday preceding the first Saturday of the month (except holidays), between 1 pm and 5 pm at the Ft. Totten Transfer Station, 4900 John F. McCormack Drive, NE. No documents will be accepted for shredding except on the first Saturday of the month, since DPW cannot secure these documents until the shredding contractor is in place. 

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