Household Hazardous Waste


Residents may take their household hazardous waste to one of the permanent collection sites or to a scheduled collection event.

Upcoming Collection Events

Remote collection events for 2015 are from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Saturday, March 28 - South County Government Center, 8350 Richmond Highway, Alexandria
  • Saturday, April 25 - Reston South Park & Ride Lot located at the intersection of Lawyers Road and Fox Mill Road in Reston
  • Saturday, May 16 - Mason Governmental Center, 6507 Columbia Pike, Annandale
  • To be determined (TBD) at a later date - McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave, McLean
    Note: If held, the event will be sometime in September 2015.

Details are also posted on the event calendar.

Permanent Locations and Hours

What is Household Hazardous Waste?

Household hazardous waste refers to used or leftover contents of consumer products that contain materials with one of the four characteristics of a hazardous waste: toxic, ignitable, corrosive or reactive. (See the Virginia DEQ Household Hazardous Waste Fact Sheet for more information.) Household hazardous waste should not be disposed of in the regular trash.  

The Fairfax County Household Hazardous Waste Program accepts hazardous materials from residents free of charge and disposes or recycles them according to all local, state and federal regulations. Hazardous wastes from businesses are handled separately.

Household hazardous waste is best managed outside of the regular municipal solid waste stream. If handled properly, it will decrease the likelihood that these elements will enter the environment.

The safest way to dispose of household hazardous waste is to carefully pack them up and bring them to one of the county's Household Hazardous Waste Collection Sites. NOTE: This service is available to Fairfax County residents only.

Materials Accepted at HHW Locations 

  • Acids
  • Aerosol Sprays
  • Algaecide
  • Batteries:  Button, Rechargeable (NICAD), Mercury and Lithium Batteries are the ONLY household batteries accepted by this program.  Rechargeable batteries may also be taken to additional collection points. Dispose of Alkaline batteries in the regular trash.
  • Brake Fluid
  • Coal Tar Products
  • Cooking Oil
  • Creosote Products (wood sealers and wood treatment products)
  • Driveway Sealers
  • Floor Care Products
  • Fluorescent Lamps, Unbroken
  • Fungicides
  • Gasoline
  • Glue (solvent-base)
  • Herbicides
  • Inks & Dyes
  • Insecticides
  • Mercury Products
  • Moth Balls
  • Nail Polish and Nail Polish Remover
  • Paint (oil-base)
  • Paint Thinner
  • Pesticides
  • Poisons
  • Polishes
  • Pool Chemicals
  • Rechargeable Batteries  
  • Rust Removers
  • Stains
  • Varnish
  • Weed Killers
  • Windshield Wiper Fluid
  • Wood Preservers

See instructions for packing and transporting household hazardous waste, at the bottom of this page.  

Materials That May be Poured Down the Drain

  • Ammonia-based Cleaners
  • Most Bathroom Cleaners
  • Diluted, Mixed Photographic Chemicals
  • Drain Cleaners

 Materials That May be Disposed in Regular Trash

  • Batteries labeled Alkaline
  • Empty Containers of any kind
  • Fertilizers/Lime
  • Glue (water-based only)
  • Latex Paints (dried)
    • Let the latex paint air dry and throw container in trash. (Tip:  You may pour the paint onto newspaper. Once it dries, roll up the newspaper and dispose of it in the trash.) If you are unable to let the latex paint dry, you may take the container to one of the permanent household hazardous waste sites or to a scheduled collection event.
  • Permissible Fireworks/Flares (thoroughly soaked in water first)
  • Shoe Polish
  • Smoke Alarms (remove battery first)
  • Medicine - May be mixed with water, coffee grounds or kitty litter to make unusable.
  • Syringes, Needles and Other Medical Sharps:  Place in plastic container with screw-on top.  Mark the container "residential sharps."

Other Materials NOT Accepted at HHW Locations

  • Ammunition:  Call the Police Non-Emergency Number:  703-691-2131, TTY 703-877-3715.
  • Fireworks:  Contact the Fire Marshal's Office at 703-246-4849, TTY 711.
  • Propane Tanks:  Common 20 lb. barbecue-style propane tanks are accepted at the metal recycling area for a fee of $3 per tank. Larger tanks must be returned to a local supplier.
  • Explosives:  Call the Police Non-Emergency Number:  703-691-2131, TTY 703-877-3715.
  • Radioactive Materials:  Call the Department of Public Safety Communications:  703-691-2131, TTY 703-877-3715.
  • Compressed Gas Cylinders:  Contact local supplier.


 Procedures for Packing and Transporting Household Hazardous Waste

  • Keep products in their original containers. Do not mix products. Make sure lids are tightly sealed. Label materials that are not in their original containers.
  • Place leaking containers in a larger, plastic container with a tight-fitting lid.
  • Secure products upright in cardboard box so that they do not tip over in transport. Do not transport products in plastic bags.
  • Transport products in the back of a pickup truck or in a car trunk. Ensure adequate ventilation if transported in car passenger compartment.
  • Keep flammables out of direct sunlight and away from sources of heat, spark, flame or ignition. Do not smoke.

ONLY leave waste during operating hours.

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