Recycling Garage Waste

Leftover household products that contain corrosive, toxic, ignitable, or reactive ingredients are considered to be "household hazardous waste" or "HHW." Products, such as paints, cleaners, oilsbatteries, and pesticides that contain potentially hazardous ingredients require special care when you dispose of them. Many communities in the United States offer a variety of options for conveniently and safely managing HHW.

HHW can be safely disposed of in several ways:

  • Permanent collection or exchange. Some communities have facilities to collect HHW year-round. These facilities may have exchange areas for unused or leftover paints, solvents, pesticides, cleaning and automotive products, and other materials.
  • Special collection days. If your community doesn't have a year-round collection system for HHW, there may be designated days to collect solid waste at a central location to ensure safe management and disposal.
  • Local business collection sites. If your community has neither a permanent collection site nor a special collection day, you might be able to drop off certain products at local businesses for recycling or proper disposal. Some local garages, for example, may accept used motor oil for recycling.

 Learn more at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).