Don’t Spark a Trash Fire; How to Properly Dispose Batteries and Other Household Hazardous Waste


From electronics to aerosols, what you put in the trash matters.

Earlier this year, there was a small fire at the Covanta Fairfax waste-to-energy plant due to lithium-ion batteries improperly included in regular trash collection. Electronics often contain these rechargeable batteries, specifically lithium-ion, and should never be thrown away. When damaged or exposed, such as breaking apart at a trash plant, these batteries pose a major fire hazard.

In 2018, county residents dropped off more than 1,000 pounds of lithium batteries at our two household hazardous waste collection sites. Please join the crowd and drop off these batteries.

Batteries labeled Alkaline can be disposed of in the regular trash, but follow these tips from our fire marshal.


Learn What Else to Drain, Trash and Drop Off

Paints, cleaners, oils and other chemicals found around the house can catch fire, react or explode under certain circumstances, too. Learn more about how to dispose of household hazardous waste, including what to drain, what to trash, what to drop off and what’s not accepted.

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