Household hazardous waste (HHW) is any leftover material that is corrosive, toxic, ignitable, or reactive. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the average home may have as much as 100 pounds of HHW in basements, garages, and storage closets.
Reduce and reuse
The best way to deal with HHW is to avoid creating it in the first place. Consider using different, non-hazardous products. Avoid products with “poison” or “danger” on the label. If you cannot eliminate the use of hazardous products, purchase only the amounts you need. If you have leftover products, see if you know someone who can use the remaining product for its intended purpose. Visit the EPA website for more management and reduction tips.
If you have HHW left over, please dispose of it properly. Harford County holds HHW acceptance days quarterly to allow county residents to dispose of harmful products safely. There is no charge for residents with only HHW materials. Please follow us on Facebook or check back for the next acceptance day.
Compact fluorescent lights*
Motor oil/oil filters*
Picric acid (do not transport)
*The Harford Waste Disposal Center regularly accepts residential fluorescent lights. Residents disposing of fluorescent lights will be required to pay the regular disposal fees, found here.