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Household Hazardous Waste Collection Centers

Collection centers are open for residential household customers only and will not accept commercial or excessive quantities of waste. Click here for a list of facility locations and hours.

Please note that for the safety of our employees and our residents, collection centers may close early due to inclement weather or in the event the facility reaches its storage capacity.

New and Upcoming Changes in the Household Hazardous Waste Program:

  • Effective Nov. 1, 2014, household paint is now accepted at the Community Collection Centers 6 days a week in limited quantities.



Money 4 Mercury
Hillsborough County residents can exchange hazardous mercury-containing devices for a $5 grocery store gift card at select Household Hazardous Waste Collection collections (while gift card supplies last). Click here for more information.

For more information about household hazardous waste collections and tips for disposal, view the Household Hazardous Waste Disposal brochure, or e-mail or call 813-964-2769. Staff are available Monday through Friday during normal business hours excluding holidays.

Accepted Items

Materials accepted at the HHW Collection Centers include household products containing hazardous ingredients and are labeled with words such as poison, danger, toxic, flammable, corrosive and reactive. The following are examples of accepted materials:

  • Aerosols
  • Ammunition
  • Rechargeable Batteries (alkaline batteries can go in the trash)
  • Cleaners
  • Cooking oil
  • Diesel fuel
  • Fertilizers
  • Fluorescent light bulbs (Limit 10)
  • Fuel oil
  • Gasoline / Gasoline cans
  • Herbicides
  • Insecticides 
  • Mercury thermostats
  • Motor oil
  • Paint (Limit 10 one-gallon and 5 five-gallon containers)
  • Primer / Thinner / Stripper
  • Pool chemicals
  • Propane tanks (20 pounds or less. Limit 5.)
  • Varnish
Note: Containers must not exceed 10 gallons in size (multiple containers are accepted). Containers that are empty or have dried material may be discarded in the regular trash.


Electronics Accepted
Effective Feb. 1, 2015, Electronics will only be accepted at the Community Collection Centers. 

Electronic equipment many contain lead, mercury and other toxic materials if it contains a digital display or circuit board. The following are examples of accepted materials (Limit 5 per month):

  • Computers and components
  • Copiers
  • Fax machines
  • Laptop computers
  • Monitors
  • Printers
  • Radios
  • Scanners
  • Stereo component
  • Telephones / cell phones
  • Televisions
  • VCR / DVD players

Five intact electronic items are accepted along with ancillary equipment such as keyboards and routers. The items must not be stripped or missing their housing as the sharp edges and exposed components can cause injuries.
 
Please note that small bathroom and kitchen appliances such as toasters, crock pots, electric skillets, blenders, hairdryers and curling irons should be discarded in your regular trash.  Microwave ovens should be recycled as scrap metal at any Community Collection Center.

Items Not Accepted
The following items are not accepted at the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Centers: