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Household Hazardous Waste, Electronics Recycling, Document Shredding

photo of a box of household hazardous waste and unwanted electronic equipment

Please see below for the upcoming dates for DPW's Special Waste Collection Events.

  •  Thursday, June 27th from 10am to 2pm @ Anacostia Skate Park
  • Saturday, June 29th from 8am to 2pm @ Carter Barron Tennis Center
  • Thursday, September 19th from 10am to 2pm @ Anacostia Skate Park
  • Saturday, September 21st from 8am to 2pm @ Carter Barron Tennis Center

 For more information about what items are accepted or prohibited at these special waste collection events, please review this page. For a complete schedule and directions, please visit this page

The Special Waste Collection event may be delayed or canceled due to inclement weather. Please check or for the most up-to-date information.

The safe disposal of hazardous household waste (HHW) and unwanted electronic equipment such as computers, televisions, VCRs/DVRs, stereos, and fax machines (Electronic Recycling) help to prevent the release of dangerous, toxic substances into the environment and prevent harm and injury to DPW workers. Please review our list of Accepted/Prohibited Items. Only some of the items on this list are accepted at the eCYCLE DC events run by electronics manufacturers and overseen by DOEE. For details on those events, please see DOEE’s eCYCLE DC Program.

  • 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

Please do not put these items in the trash or recycling containers, or set them out for bulk collection for DPW to pick up.

HHW Prohibited Items – Medicine, Needles, & Sharps are household hazardous wastes that require special treatment.

  • 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 Department of Energy and the Environment.- step-by-step guidance sheet for safe disposal.

  • 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 website. Enter “medications” in the search box for a list of local pharmacies with medication drop-off boxes. If you cannot make it to a drop-off location, mix crushed pills or liquid with dirt, cat litter, or used coffee grounds, then put them in the trash. Empty pill bottles are recyclable after removing personal information and label from the bottle.

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(202) 737-4404
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(202) 671-0642
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(202) 673-6833