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Acceptable/Prohibited Household Hazardous Waste Items

Household Hazardous Waste 

We Will Accept:

  • Aerosol
  • Ant poisons
  • Antifreeze
  • Asbestos
  • Auto fluids – brake, transmission
  • Bleach
  • Compressed fluorescent lamps
  • Cooking Oil
  • Drain decloggers
  • Fire extinguishers (household sizes)
  • Flammable adhesives
  • Flammable waxes and abrasives
  • Fluorescent lights, u-shape and circular
  • Fluorescent tubes 4 feet or less
  • Household batteries – tape terminals of lithium-based and batteries greater than 9 volts
  • Household cleaning products
  • Insecticides
  • Lawn or garden products
  • LED lights
  • Lights of all types
  • Mercury
  • Mercury thermometers
  • Microwave ovens (accepted on Saturdays at Ft Totten electronic station and through 311 for bulk trash collection appointment.)
  • Motor oil
  • Paints, latex (Latex paint can be recycled through the PaintCare program. Check PaintCare for the closest drop-off location and one-day event)
  • Paints, oil-based
  • Pet flea control
  • Photographic chemicals
  • Pool and spa chemicals
  • Propane tanks, no larger than 20 lbs.
  • Rodent poisons
  • Stains, lacquers, varnishes
  • Thinners, mineral spirits
  • We are now accepting expired license plates

We Will NOT Accept:

  • Air conditioners (Call 311 for a bulk trash collection appointment.)
  • Ammunition (Take to the closest police station.)
  • Explosives (Take to the closest police station.)
  • Needles & Sharps (syringes used for diabetic injections) The improper disposal of contaminated sharps is a serious safety concern for garbage collectors and landfill workers. Please review the step-by-step guidance sheet for safe disposal from the Department of Energy and the Environment.
  • Medicine (Do NOT pour medications down the sink or flush down the toilet.) Please see the What Goes Where? tool on the District's Zero Waste web site. Enter “medications” in the search box for a list of local pharmacies that have medication drop-off boxes. If you cannot make it to a drop-off location or event, mix crushed pills or liquid with dirt, cat litter, or used coffee grounds, then put in the trash. Recycle empty pill bottle after removing personal information and label from the bottle.
  • Tires (While not accepted in the Saturday HHW/E-Cycling Drop-Off, up to four tires may be taken to the Ft. Totten Trash Transfer Station during regular business hours, weekdays from 1 pm to 5 pm and from 8 am to 3 pm on Saturdays, except holidays.)


We Will Accept:

  • Audio visual equipment
  • Audio cassettes
  • Camcorders
  • Carbon monoxide detectors
  • CD Rom drives, CDs and DVDs
  • Cell Phones
  • Computers and monitors
  • Connectors / Cords / Wire
  • Copy machines
  • Fax machines
  • Floppy drives
  • Hard drives
  • Memory chips
  • Network / Video / Sound cards
  • Pagers
  • PDAs (e.g. Palm Pilots)
  • Power supplies
  • Printers
  • Scrap computer plastic
  • Scrap computer metal
  • Smart Phones
  • Smoke detectors
  • Tablet computers
  • Tape drives & media
  • TVs
  • VCRs
  • VCR tapes
  • Video games & Software

Document Shredding

We Will Accept:

  • Up to 5 boxes (approximately 20"x14"x14") of personal documents 
  • Personal documents with (All staples, rubber bands, paper clips, even black “alligator clips” are acceptable)
  • Credit cards (no more than 10 credit cards per vehicle) 

We Will NOT Accept:

  • Business or commercial material 
  • More than 5 boxes of documents per visit per resident


Updated: Janurary 21, 2020