Hidden Hazards in Household Trash

Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 551
Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
703-324-3187, TTY 703-324-2935, FAX 703-324-2010

July 28, 2005


Hidden Hazards in Household Trash

Summer is a great time to work around the house and to clean out the garage. Cleaning often involves getting rid of household chemicals such as paints and varnishes, bug killers and plant food, and pool chemicals. These materials, when thrown away, are known as household hazardous waste. Fairfax County residents are reminded that county code prohibits them from throwing away household hazardous waste in the trash.

When household hazardous waste is thrown in the trash, chemicals can mix together and become very dangerous–even lethal–and can threaten your life, your pet’s life and the life of the refuse collection person. By disposing of household hazardous waste separately, it will be properly handled and packaged to minimize exposure to potentially harmful chemicals, and also will decrease the likelihood that these chemicals will enter the environment. For residents in Fairfax County Sanitary Districts, customer service guidelines specifically state that household hazardous waste cannot be placed at the curb for collection. 

Residents can dispose of household hazardous waste at one of two household hazardous waste management facilities: the I-66 Transfer Station at 4618 West Ox Road in Fairfax, or the I-95 Solid Waste Complex at 9850 Furnace Road in Lorton. Both facilities are open for all county residents according to the following schedule:
I-66 Transfer Station (4618 West Ox Road, Fairfax)
Thursday: 1-5 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.-noon
Saturday: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
I-95 Solid Waste Complex (9850 Furnace Road, Lorton)
Thursday: 8 a.m.-noon
Friday: 1-5 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
For details about disposing household hazardous waste in Fairfax County, including how to dispose of specific items, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpwes/trash/disphhw.htm, or call 703-324-5230, TTY 711.

Fairfax County is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination in all county programs, services and activities and will provide reasonable accommodations upon request. To request special accommodations, call 703-324-3187, TTY 703-324-2935. Please allow five working days in advance of events in order to make the necessary arrangements


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