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DSWA operates Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Events at different locations throughout the year and weekly through out locations in the state. Delaware residents can bring their HHW to the event free of charge.

Click Here For The Full 2017 Collection Event Schedule

 

You Can Bring the Following Items to a Collection Event:

  • HOUSE

    Full aerosol cans, bleach, chemistry kits, nail polish, polish removers, perfumes, disinfectants, drain cleaners, floor wax, mercury thermometers, moth balls, oven cleaner, spot remover, toilet cleaner, fluorescent light bulbs

  • EXPLOSIVES

    Ammunition, firecrackers, gunpowder

    *Not accepted at weekly events*

  • WORKSHOP

    Corrosives, paint, small compressed-gas cylinders, solvents, stains, strippers, thinners, varnish, wood preservatives, fluorescent bulbs

  • GARDEN/YARD

    Fungicides, herbicides, pesticides, pool chemicals

  • AUTOMOTIVE

    Antifreeze, auto batteries, degreasers, waste fuels – gasoline, kerosene, used motor oil mixed with other fuels

Helpful Tips

  1. Bring materials in original, sealed containers.
  2. Do not mix products in one container.
  3. To prevent leakage or breakage, pack separately in absorbent material or triple bag.
  4. Bring rags to clean up any spills, and dispose of rags at the collection site.

What's Not Accepted

  • FRIABLE ASBESTOS

     Dispose by appointment only at Cherry Island Landfill for a fee. Call 302-764-5385 for details.

  • NON-FRIABLE ASBESTOS

     Accepted by appointment at all DSWA landfills for a fee.

  • UNKNOWN SUBSTANCES

    Unknown items that are greater than 1 gallon or 8 pounds.

  • CONTAINERS WITH LESS THAN 1" OF MATERIAL

     These can go in your regular trash.

  • USED MOTOR OIL

     Oil which has not been mixed with other fuels is accepted at specific DSWA Recycling Drop-off Centers, click here for more information.

  • RADIOACTIVE WASTE

    Smoke Detectors

  • PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS

    Permanent medication collection boxes are available, click here for a list of locations.

    Can also be thrown out in your regular trash in the following procedure:

    1. Take unused, unneeded, or expired prescription drugs out of their original containers;
    2. Mix the prescription drugs with an undesirable substance, like used coffee grounds or kitty litter and place them in impermeable, non-descript containers, such as empty cans or sealable bags, further ensuring that the drugs are not diverted or accidentally ingested by children or pets;
    3. Throw these containers in the trash; and
    4. Flush prescription drugs down the toilet ONLY if the accompanying patient information specifically instructs it is safe to do so.

    For further information or questions regarding proper disposal of prescription drugs visit the U.S. Food and Drug Administration website by clicking here. The U.S. Department of Justice and Drug Enforcement Administration will receive unused or expired medication for safe disposal at their annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Please click on this link for further information.