Fairfax County safely disposed of 320 tons (641,951 pounds) of household hazardous waste in 2018. This waste consists of consumer products that are toxic, ignitable, corrosive, and/or reactive. Collecting and disposing of HHW separately from other municipal waste protects collection workers and protects the environment by keeping potentially harmful compounds out of landfills.
The 2018 total included solvents, oil-based paints, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), pesticides, aerosols, various non-pourable flammables, acid solutions, caustic solutions, ammonia solutions, miscellaneous lab packs (hazard classes 2-9), compressed gas cylinders, and fluorescent bulbs. HHW collected during six Very Small Quantity Generator (business waste) events was also included.
Antifreeze, motor oil, batteries (lead acid, mercury, NiCad, NiMH, lithium, lithium-ion), ink/toner cartridges, and cooking oil are not included in the total, but these items were collected and disposed of by the HHW program. When combined with the 641,951 pounds of HHW, the total of amount of material handled by the county’s HHW program was 3,632,681.5 pounds (1,816 tons).
The totals for the other materials are:
- 3,425 lead acid battery cores
- 2,625 lb. of NiCad/NiMH batteries
- 1,050 lb. of lithium/lithium-ion batteries
- 5,055 gal of cooking oil
- 41,223 gal of motor oil
- 8,475 gals of antifreeze
- 9,085.50 lb. of ink jet and laser printer cartridges were either recycled or refurbished
- 773,533 lb. of cathode ray tubes
- 811,859 lb. of miscellaneous electronics waste
- 1,263,400 lb. of latex paint
- 70,000 lb. of reusable, high-quality latex paint was donated to Habitat for Humanity for resale and reuse.
Fairfax County residents may bring HHW to drop-off areas located at the I-66 transfer station in Fairfax and the I-95 landfill complex in Lorton, Va. Small businesses that generate less than 220 pounds of HHW per month are encouraged to sign up for the VSQG program.
The HHW program supports objectives of the Board of Supervisors’ Environmental Vision.
- Encourage pollution prevention, source reduction, and waste minimization through public outreach and infrastructure.
- Work with all sectors – residential, commercial, and institutional – to divert as much material as possible from the waste stream. This will include encouraging construction and demolition debris recycling and green building principles.
- Promote policies that make recycling as convenient as disposal for all residents, particularly in the schools and in public spaces.
For questions or more information, call hazardous waste manager Daniel Brooks at 703-342-6361, 711.