Hazardous Waste

Hazardous Waste is waste that can have harmful effects on human health and the environment. Some common household items that fall into this category include batteries, paints, large appliances, tube type fluorescent light bulbs, cosmetics, household polishes and cleaners, lighter fluid, pesticides, and antifreeze.

This waste is toxic or too dangerous to recycle or dispose of through normal means. Proper disposal of hazardous waste is important to preserve both human health and avoid environmental impacts. Below is a list of these materials and where you can take them in the area.


Greene County Household Hazardous/Special Waste Collection Events Household hazardous waste, scrap metal, large appliances, and tube-type fluorescent light bulbs accepted. April – October: 2nd Saturday; 9am – 12pm; January – December: May 24, June 21, July 19, August 23, September 20, October 18, November 15, December 20; 12:30-2:30pm; Environmental Services Recycling Complex (Xenia).

CFL (Flrouescent) Light Bulbs

CFLs contain mercury and it is hazardous to dispose of them in the regular trash. You can dispose used bulbs at the following collection sites

Latex Paint

Can be dried up and disposed of in regular trash collection. Use paint drying material from hardware stores, or use cat litter to dry remaining paint. Mercury – Accepted daily at the Environmental Services Recycling Complex in Xenia. Check Website for hours. (Must be placed in a sealed plastic bag, such as Ziploc)