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Keep Your Spring Cleaning Green

Don't let the desire for a tidy house lead to improper disposal of hazardous materials

Getting rid of old clothes, faded furniture, and outdated magazines is the easy part of spring cleaning.

What do you do with containers of chemicals rusting beneath your kitchen sink, or paint cans and propane tanks gathering dust on garage shelves?

It's important to properly dispose of fuels, chemicals, electronic equipment, and other flammable, toxic, corrosive, or reactive materials. Don't just toss them in the trash, or leave them to rust, ooze, or leak. Take eligible household hazardous waste to an approved collection facility.

Where to take your chemicals
The following locations accept household hazardous waste on select Saturdays, from 8 AM to 2 PM:
  • First Saturday of the month: Sheldon Road Household Hazardous Waste Center 9805 Sheldon Road Tampa, FL 33635
  • Second Saturday of the month: South County Solid Waste Facility 13000 U.S. Highway 41 Gibsonton, FL 33534
  • Third Saturday of the month: Hillsborough Heights Solid Waste Facility 6209 County Road 579 Seffner, FL 33584

There are Household Hazardous Waste disposal centers open select Saturdays in Seffner, Gibsonton, and northwest Hillsborough County. Some of these and other Hillsborough County solid waste facilities also accept paint and electronics. Check the above link for hours, days of operation, and a list of accepted waste.

Residents of Tampa and Temple Terrace may use the hazardous waste disposal sites.

Before moving any potentially hazardous material, make sure it is secure in its container. And, while they're still in your house, keep them away from children and pets.

In the future, buy only the amount of products you'll need for the job at hand. Or, find safe substitutes with fewer harmful ingredients.

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