Hazardous Waste

Household hazardous waste is the discarded, unused or leftover portion of household products containing toxic chemicals. Hazardous chemicals can usually be identified by labels such as:

  • Caution
  • Corrosive
  • Explosive (not accepted at HHW events)
  • Flammable
  • Poisonous
  • Reactive
  • Toxic
  • Warning

Due to its chemical nature, improper disposal of household hazardous waste poses a threat to human health as well as that to the environment, where it may enter the municipal waste stream and cause environmental problems such as ground-water contamination, injuries to waste management workers, and damage to equipment and property.

To provide options for the disposal of hazardous waste, Montgomery County operates a collection event program 6-7 times per year. To find out more information about this collection program, please go to the Montgomery County Household Hazardous Waste page.

Residents may drop off up to 10 fluorescent bulbs at any Household Hazardous Waste collection.  More than 10 bulbs will be considered a business and not accepted.

Road flares may be brought to a County Household Hazardous Waste collection for proper disposal.   See Marine flares.

Electric oil filled heaters may be brought to a County Household  Hazardous Waste collection.  The oil contained within the heater will be properly drained. 

Kerosene may be brought to a County Household Hazardous Waste collection.  The kerosene heaters are not hazardous and should be drained before disposing of them.  For the disposal of a kerosene heater see Metal & Scrap.