Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics Collection (2022)

Many of the products we use every day contain chemicals that are potentially hazardous to our health and the environment. Improper disposal of the products listed below can pollute our environment and cause injury to collection workers. It is our responsibility therefore to properly use, store, and dispose of hazardous waste. All household hazardous waste will is environmentally disposed of by a licensed hazardous waste disposal firm.

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(Video) Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics Collection-Fall 2021

Household Hazardous Waste & Electronics Collection Center Location & Hours

Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics Collection (2)

Location:3224 Colvin Street(click for map)

  • From the West:Travel east on Duke Street and turn right onto S. Quaker Lane. Then take the first left onto Colvin Street. You will see the site on your right.
  • From the East:Travel west on Duke Street and turnleftonto S. Quaker Lane. Then take the first left onto Colvin Street. You will see the site on your right.
  • From the North:Take Braddock Road, King Street or Seminary/Janneys Lane to N. Quaker Lane. Travel south on N. Quaker Lane to Duke Street; turn left. Travel east on Duke Street to S. Quaker Lane (an immediate right off of Duke St); turn right. Then take the first left onto Colvin Street. You will see the site on your right.

Hours

Monday: 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday: CLOSED
Wednesday: CLOSED
Thursday: CLOSED
Friday: CLOSED
Saturday: 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Sunday: CLOSED

Center Information

Operating Procedures

In order to protect staff and members of the public, the HHW Center is following the below procedures:

  • When arriving at the center, residents shouldenter the vehicle queueand wait until the vehicle ahead has departed, or staff members have instructed them to proceed, before entering the site. Be mindful of traffic cones, barricades, signage, and gates that may be used to aid in traffic flow.
  • DO NOT walk materials into the site.To ensure safety of other residents and workers, residents are not permitted to walk into the site. Residents who walk materials in through the gate will be turned away and asked to return in their vehicles.
  • The drop-off center is forAlexandria residents only. Residents must confirm residency by showing government ID (e.g., a driver’s license) or a utility bill to staff.
  • Residents should remain in their vehicles while staff can stage a utility cart for their use.
  • Residents should return to their vehicles after unloading andwait for staff to retrieve and move the utility cart until exiting the site.
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Eligible Participants

The City of Alexandria provides weekly household hazardous waste and electronics recycling collection for City residents ONLY(i.e. those living in the following zip codes: 22301, 22302, 22304, 22305, 22311, 22312, and 22314). Proof of residency is required.

Materials Preparation

Household Hazardous Waste

  • Please leave all materials in theiroriginally labeled containers.
  • Containers should be sealed and properly packaged for transportation.
  • Do not mix chemical substances – even similar products from different manufacturers.

Electronics

  • Delete all information fromcomputer hard-drives

    Disclaimer:The City of Alexandria is not responsible for and does not erase computer hard drives or memory.
    Readan article on preparing a computer for donation.

Acceptable Household Hazardous Waste Items

  • Antifreeze
  • Battery Acid
  • Gasoline
  • Motor oil
  • Auto Cleaning Products
  • Car Batteries
  • Fluorescent Light Bulbs
  • Oil-based Paints*
  • Lacquers
  • Spray can Paint
  • Thinners
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Household Cleaning Products
  • Flammable Waxes & Abrasives
  • Driveway Sealer
  • Household Batteries**
  • Drain Cleaner
  • Flammable Caulks & Adhesives
  • Varnishes
  • Mineral Spirits
  • Mercury thermostats & thermometers
  • Lawn Care Products
  • Garden Products
  • Herbicides
  • Pesticides
  • Ant Bait or Traps
  • Rodent Control Products
  • Insect Spray Cans
  • Pet Supplies
  • Photographic Chemicals

* Latex (water-based) paint is not considered hazardous material. Dried out cans of latex paint can be disposed of in the regular trash.
** Household, alkaline batteries (AA, AAA) can be thrown away in the regular trash.

    Unacceptable Hazardous Waste Items

    • Explosives
    • Biological waste
    • Unknown substances
    • Helium Tanks
    • Ammunition
    • Radioactive materials
    • Unlabeled substances
    • Propane, oxygen or acetyleneTanks (please return to the supplier; tanks less than 5 gallons can be thrown away as trash, if empty, and if partially full, then bring to the HHW Center.)
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    Electronics - AcceptableItems

    • Calculators
    • CD-ROM / DVD Drives
    • Memory & Circuit Boards
    • PC’s / Laptops / Notebooks
    • Monitors (LCD, Plasma & CRT)
    • All Computer Peripherals:
    • Keyboards, Mice, Cables, External Drives
    • Fax Machines & Modems
    • All Rechargeable & Button Batteries
    • Desktop printers (laser & ink jet) their cartridges
    • Desktop scanners & copiers
    • LED bulbs
    • Cell Phones, Blackberries & PDA’s
    • Stereos and speakers
    • Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS)
    • Video & Audio Equipment
    • Wires/Cables/Extension Cords
    • Televisions
    • CRT's (Cathode Ray Tubes)
    • LCD's
    • Plasma & Rear Projection
    • Storage Media* and their cases: (DVD’s, CD’s, ZIP, Floppy Disks, Etc.)
    • Digital Cameras

    Notes: Alkaline batteries can be disposed of as trash in curbside collection
    * Dispose of VHS and cassette tapes with the regular trash

    AcceptableAppliances include:

    • Refrigerators
    • Freezers
    • Air Conditioning Units
    • Dehumidifiers
    • Any items containing refrigerant

    These items contain either chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) refrigerants or hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) refrigerants depending on their date of manufacture. Information about the dangers of CFC’s is available on theEPA website.

    These items are not acceptable as regular trash nor can they be disposed of at the CovantaEnergy Facilityon Eisenhower Ave. Disposal options for these items include:

    1. Have your contractor or delivery service exchange your old appliance at time of delivery.
    2. Call the Resource Recovery Division at 703.746.4410 to arrange for a special appliance pickup
      Note:a $20.00 service fee may apply for large appliances
    3. Residents may delivertheir appliance at no cost to theHHW & Electronics Collection Center located at 3224 Colvin St.

    Fluorescent Lightbulbs (CFL’s) and Mercury – Use, Breakage Cleanup & Disposal

    Use:Compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) are lighting more homes than ever before, and EPA is encouraging Americans to use and recycle them safely. Carefully recycling CFLs prevents the release of mercury into the environment and allows for the reuse of glass, metals and other materials that make up fluorescent lights. *Please read this flyerabout the use and safe disposal of CFLs.

    Breakage Clean Up:Fluorescent light bulbs and some older thermostats and thermometers contain a very small amount of mercury sealed within glass tubing. Learn more aboutEPA Clean Up Recommendationsfor broken fluorescent light bulbs and other mercury containing items.If you experience a mercury spill, please call 911.

    Disposal:Unbroken fluorescent bulbs or properly sealed broken bulbs can be taken to the City's

    Hazardous Waste and Electronic Disposal / Recycling Information for Businesses

    Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generators

    Business may NOT use the City's HHW collection program to dispose of any hazardous waste. All businesses that produce hazardous wastes(includingconditionally exempt small quantity generators, CESQG)should contacta licensed and permitted hazardous waste disposal company to properly document and dispose oftheir hazardous wastes. A partial list of companies is provided below for your convenience.Please contact the Resource Recovery Division main telephone number:703-746-4410 for additional information.

    The City does not endorse any of the businesses below, please check certifications before selecting a vendor.

    • Asbestos Disposal Companies:
      • Environmental Waste Specialists, Inc., 703-502-0100, 14100 Sullyfield Circle, Suite 400, Chantilly, VA 20151
      • First Piedmont Corporation, 1-434-432-0211, P.O. Box 1069, Chatham, VA 24531
    • Hazardous Waste Disposal Companies
      • Care Environmental Corp., 1-973-299-0774, 100 US Highway 46, Bldg. A, Mountain Lakes, NJ 07046
      • Clean Harbors Environmental Services, Inc., 1-800-638-4440, 1104 West Roslyn Road, Colonial Heights, VA 23834
      • Clean Venture, Inc., 1-410-368-9170, 2931 Whittington Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21230
      • Eco-Flo, 1-301-498-4550, 8520 Corridor Road, Suite M, Savage, MD 20763
      • Environmental Management Services, Inc., 1-301-309-0475, 1688 East Gude Drive, Suite 301, Rockville, MD 20850
      • Potomac Environmental, Inc., 1-540-659-1894, P.O. Box 1836, Stafford, VA 22555
      • Remac America, Inc., 1-800-600-9608, 10860 Spring Knoll Drive, Potomac Industrial Park, Potomac, MD 20854
    • Medical/Infectious Waste Disposal Service Companies
      • Clean Venture, Inc., 1-410-368-9170,2931 Whittington Avenue , Baltimore, MD 21230
      • Environmental Management Services, Inc., 1-301-309-0475, 1688 East Gude Drive, Suite 301, Rockville, MD 20850
      • SteriCycle, 1-800-234-7822, 5901 Chemical Road, Baltimore, MD 21226
    • Petroleum Contaminated Soil or Products Disposal Companies
      • First Piedmont Corporation, 703-432-0211, P.O. Box 1069, Chatman, VA 24531
    • Specific Collection Service Companies
      • Davis Industries, Inc., (Junk car removal), 703-550-7402, 9920 Richmond Highway, Lorton, VA 22079
      • U.S. Filter, (Waste oil & anti-freeze collection), 1-410-633-0606, 6305 East Lombard Street, Baltimore, MD 21224
      • Mid-States Oil, (Waste oil collection), 1-410-354-9500, 3520 Fairfield Road, Baltimore, MD 21226
      • Valley Proteins, (Rendering of animal waste & cooking oil), 1-410-355-4800, 1515 Open Street, Baltimore, MD 21226
      • U.S. Filter, (Waste oil & anti-freeze collection), 1-888-749-8344, 5800 Farrington Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22304
      • Willow Spring Wrecker Service, (Junk car removal), 703-631-9339, 12815 Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA 22030

    Electronics Recycling Information

    KnowToxics:www.knowtoxics.comand click on private recycling services.

    Local Electronics Recyclers:Call for pricing

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    Less Toxic and Reuse Opportunities

    Residents and businesses can reduce the need to use the household hazardous waste site by usingless toxic productsand donating reusable electronics to charities.

    Hazardous Product Hazardous Component Less Toxic Option Proper Disposal
    Stains/Finishes Glycols, ethers, ketones, minerals spirits, toluene, xylene, other volatile organic compoundsWater-based finishesStore in screw top container. Save for household hazardous waste collection.
    Oil-Based Paints Alcohol, acetone, esters, ketones, petroleum distillates, other volatile compoundsUse water-based paints*Share leftovers with friends or neighbors; save for household hazardous waste collection.
    Used Oil
    Hydrocarbon, heavy metals None; use recycled oilCan be recycled. Contact oil collection center or service station; save for household hazardous waste collection.
    Bleach Cleaners Lye, hydrogen peroxide, sodium or calcium hypocholoriteBaking soda or boraxIn well-ventilated area, use up as intended. Never mix with ammonia.
    Ammonia-Based Cleaners Ammonia, ethanolWhite vinegar, lemon juiceIn well-ventilated area, use up as intended. Never mix with chlorine bleach.
    Drain Opener
    Lye, sodium hypochloritePrevent blockage with biological clog preventers; remove clogs with plunger or plumber's "snake"Save for household hazardous waste collection.
    Oven Cleaner Lye, ammoniaCatch drips with foil or cookie sheets; for cleaning use baking soda, water, scouring padIn well-ventilated area, use up as intended. Save for household hazardous waste collection.
    Pesticides Almost all pesticides are hazardous. Call US EPA for a list of banned pesticidesRemove food source, use traps and baits, or biological controlsSave for household hazardous waste collection.
    Paint Thinners Alcohol, acetone, esters, ketones, petroleum distillates, other volatile organic compoundsWater in water based paintsStore in screw top container, allow paint solids to settle to bottom & pour off clear thinner to use again. Save remainder for household hazardous waste collection.
    *Water-based, Latex paints Not considered hazardousShare leftovers with friends or neighbors; add kitty litter or saw dust to left over and allow the paint can to dry out before throwing in the trash. Can be brought to household hazardous waste collection.

    Additional Resources

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    FAQs

    What are some examples of household hazardous wastes? ›

    A. Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) is any unwanted household product labeled as flammable, toxic, corrosive, or reactive. The most common products include aerosols, anti-freeze, asbestos, fertilizers, motor oil, paint supplies, photo chemicals, poisons, and solvents.

    What are the top 10 household hazardous wastes? ›

    Common Household Hazardous Wastes
    • Antifreeze.
    • Batteries.
    • Drain cleaners.
    • Electronic Wastes (TVs, computer monitors, cell phones, etc.)
    • Glue and Adhesives.
    • Household cleaners.
    • Oven cleaners.
    • Paints.

    What are 4 ways to manage hazardous waste? ›

    Hazardous waste can be treated by chemical, thermal, biological, and physical methods. Chemical methods include ion exchange, precipitation, oxidation and reduction, and neutralization. Among thermal methods is high-temperature incineration, which not only can detoxify certain organic wastes but also can destroy them.

    Can electronics go in general waste? ›

    Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) should not be placed in your general waste bin. The reason is because electrical equipment often contains hazardous substances and requires separate collection and recycling.

    How do you dispose of hazardous waste at home? ›

    GENERAL DISPOSAL RECOMMENDATIONS:
    1. Follow the label instruction. Some labels give disposal recommendations. ...
    2. Use it up. ...
    3. Recycle. ...
    4. Donate. ...
    5. Throw it in the trash with special treatment. ...
    6. Flush a very small amount, no more than a cup, down the drain with plenty of water. ...
    7. Save for a collection day.

    How can you identify a household hazardous product? ›

    Read the label. Read product labels carefully before you buy and watch for the signal words danger, warning and caution. Danger means the product is extremely hazardous because it is poisonous, extremely flammable or corrosive.

    What is an example of hazardous waste? ›

    Examples of household hazardous waste include paints, stains, solvents, pesticides, old gasoline and other fuels, etc. These wastes are just as hazardous as their commercially-generated counterparts, but are not subject to hazardous waste requirements.

    What is called hazardous waste? ›

    Hazardous waste is a waste with properties that make it potentially dangerous or harmful to human health or the environment. The universe of hazardous wastes is large and diverse. Hazardous wastes can be liquids, solids, or contained gases.

    What are the two main types of hazardous waste? ›

    Listed wastes are wastes from common manufacturing and industrial processes, specific industries and can be generated from discarded commercial products. Characteristic wastes are wastes that exhibit any one or more of the following characteristic properties: ignitability, corrosivity, reactivity or toxicity.

    What is the best solution for dealing with hazardous waste? ›

    Source reduction, recycling, disposal, and treatment

    Hazardous waste is dangerous for the ecology. Hence, the reuse and recycling of hazardous waste is the best way to manage its generation.

    Why do we need to manage hazardous waste? ›

    Hazardous wastes that are disposed off causes potential hazard to human health or the environment (soil, air, and water) when it is not properly managed. They are non-biodegradable, persistent in the environment and are deleterious to human health or natural resources.

    Why hazardous waste management is important? ›

    Many hazardous wastes create an immediate health hazard to anyone who may come into contact with them. This can be a chemical byproduct or a contaminated solid, or anything in between. For this reason, proper and swift disposal is a must. Hazardous wastes can cause harm to the environment, as well.

    What electronics can't be thrown away? ›

    5 Electronics You Should Never Throw Away in the Trash
    • Old TVs. Television technology has advanced significantly in recent years. ...
    • Computers. Computers are another item which should never be sent to a landfill. ...
    • Cell Phones. ...
    • Printers. ...
    • Old DVDs and CDs.
    15 Apr 2019

    How do I dispose of electronics near me? ›

    Electronic waste (e-waste) may be scheduled for curbside collection by calling 1-800-773-2489 or by selecting Electronic Waste in the MyLA311 app.

    Can you put laptops in general waste? ›

    Many people don't realise that old electronic devices should never be placed in your general waste bin when they reach the end of their working life. This is because electrical equipment often contains several hazardous substances that impact the environment and human health.

    What are 3 ways to dispose of waste? ›

    Methods of waste disposal:
    • Landfills: Throwing daily waste/garbage in the landfills is the most popularly used method of waste disposal used today. ...
    • Recycling: Recycling is the process of converting waste products into new products to prevent energy usage and consumption of fresh raw materials. ...
    • Composting:
    • Incineration:
    4 Sept 2020

    How do you dispose of hazardous waste in the workplace? ›

    This opens in a new window.
    1. Step 1: Classify your waste to check if it's hazardous. ...
    2. Step 2: Separate and store hazardous waste safely. ...
    3. Step 3: Use an authorised waste carrier to collect, recycle or dispose of your hazardous waste. ...
    4. Step 4: Fill in the parts of the consignment note that apply to you.
    28 Jun 2019

    What are the four types of hazardous products? ›

    Class 1: Explosives. Class 2: Gases. Class 3: Flammable Liquids. Class 4: Flammable Solids or Substances.

    What will you do to control hazardous effects of some household materials at home? ›

    When Using:
    1. Read the directions and follow them. ...
    2. Wear protective equipment, such as rubber gloves, as recommended by the manufacturer.
    3. Handle products carefully to avoid spills. ...
    4. Use products in well-ventilated areas. ...
    5. Do not eat, drink, or smoke while using hazardous products.

    What is the most common hazardous waste? ›

    COMMON TYPES OF HAZARDOUS WASTE

    Many mercury-containing batteries, fluorescent light bulbs, industrial solvents, paints, herbicides, and pesticides are classified as hazardous wastes. In addition, medical waste products such as sharps, contaminated gloves, human tissue, and so forth.

    How does hazardous waste affect the environment? ›

    Toxic waste can harm people, animals, and plants, whether it ends up in the ground, in streams, or even in the air. Some toxins, such as mercury and lead, persist in the environment for many years and accumulate over time. Humans or wildlife often absorb these toxic substances when they eat fish or other prey.

    How do you identify hazardous waste? ›

    The four characteristics of hazardous waste are: ignitability • corrosivity • reactivity • toxicity. The regulations explaining these characteristics and the test methods to be used in detecting their presence are found in Part 261, Subpart C.

    How can we reduce hazardous waste? ›

    Reducing Toxicity of Household Hazardous Waste
    1. Use less-toxic alternatives whenever possible.
    2. Always read the label, and buy the least-toxic product.
    3. Buy only the amount that you need.
    4. Use up all of the product.
    5. Give usable, leftover products to friends or neighbors, or donate to community groups.

    What are hazardous waste and why are they problems? ›

    Hazardous wastes can take the form of solids, liquids, sludges, or contained gases, and they are generated primarily by chemical production, manufacturing, and other industrial activities. They may cause damage during inadequate storage, transportation, treatment, or disposal operations.

    What are three types of hazardous materials? ›

    The EPA defines three categories of hazardous waste: listed, characteristic, and mixed radiological waste.

    What is considered hazardous material? ›

    Broadly defined, a hazardous material is any material that may cause serious injury or harm to a person or property when shipped. This can include chemicals, explosives, biohazardous materials, and other such materials.

    What are hazardous materials? ›

    Hazardous materials are substances or chemicals that pose a health hazard, a physical hazard, or harm to the environment.

    What are the four types of hazardous wastes? ›

    Class 1: Explosives. Class 2: Gases. Class 3: Flammable Liquids. Class 4: Flammable Solids or Substances.

    What are the different types of household waste? ›

    Organic waste: kitchen waste, vegetables, flowers, leaves, fruits. Toxic waste: old medicines, paints, chemicals, bulbs, spray cans, fertilizer and pesticide containers, batteries, shoe polish. Recyclable: paper, glass, metals, plastics. Soiled: hospital waste such as cloth soiled with blood and other body fluids.

    Which of the following is a hazardous waste that is generated in the house? ›

    Examples include drain cleaners, oil paint, motor oil, antifreeze, fuel, poisons, pesticides, herbicides and rodenticides, fluorescent lamps, lamp ballasts containing PCBs, some smoke detectors, and in some states, consumer electronics (such as televisions, computers, and cell phones).

    What is called hazardous waste? ›

    Hazardous waste is a waste with properties that make it potentially dangerous or harmful to human health or the environment. The universe of hazardous wastes is large and diverse. Hazardous wastes can be liquids, solids, or contained gases.

    Why hazardous waste management is important? ›

    Many hazardous wastes create an immediate health hazard to anyone who may come into contact with them. This can be a chemical byproduct or a contaminated solid, or anything in between. For this reason, proper and swift disposal is a must. Hazardous wastes can cause harm to the environment, as well.

    How do you identify hazardous waste? ›

    The four characteristics of hazardous waste are: ignitability • corrosivity • reactivity • toxicity. The regulations explaining these characteristics and the test methods to be used in detecting their presence are found in Part 261, Subpart C.

    What are the two main types of hazardous waste? ›

    Listed wastes are wastes from common manufacturing and industrial processes, specific industries and can be generated from discarded commercial products. Characteristic wastes are wastes that exhibit any one or more of the following characteristic properties: ignitability, corrosivity, reactivity or toxicity.

    How does hazardous waste affect the environment? ›

    Toxic waste can harm people, animals, and plants, whether it ends up in the ground, in streams, or even in the air. Some toxins, such as mercury and lead, persist in the environment for many years and accumulate over time. Humans or wildlife often absorb these toxic substances when they eat fish or other prey.

    What are the effects of hazardous waste? ›

    Behavioural abnormalities. Cancer. Genetic mutations. Physiological malfunctions (kidney failure, reproductive impairment)

    How does household waste affect the environment? ›

    Poor waste management contributes to climate change and air pollution, and directly affects many ecosystems and species. Landfills, considered the last resort in the waste hierarchy, release methane, a very powerful greenhouse gas linked to climate change.

    What is the most common household waste? ›

    Paper accounts for more than 71 million tons of garbage. Yard wastes are the next most common waste, contributing more than 31 million tons of solid waste. Metals account for more than 8% of all household waste, and plastics are close behind with another 8% or 14 million tons.

    What is the meaning of household waste? ›

    Household waste refers to waste material usually generated in the residential environment. Waste with similar characteristics may be generated in other economic activities and can thus be treated and disposed of together with household waste.

    How do you dispose of hazardous waste in the workplace? ›

    This opens in a new window.
    1. Step 1: Classify your waste to check if it's hazardous. ...
    2. Step 2: Separate and store hazardous waste safely. ...
    3. Step 3: Use an authorised waste carrier to collect, recycle or dispose of your hazardous waste. ...
    4. Step 4: Fill in the parts of the consignment note that apply to you.
    28 Jun 2019

    What are hazardous waste and why are they problems? ›

    Hazardous wastes can take the form of solids, liquids, sludges, or contained gases, and they are generated primarily by chemical production, manufacturing, and other industrial activities. They may cause damage during inadequate storage, transportation, treatment, or disposal operations.

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