Hazardous Waste Pickup
Hazardous waste items are not collected! (except electronics)
Wondering what to do with all those bottles, boxes and barrels of environmentally unfriendly chemicals you've stashed away in the garage, behind the house, in the closet, under the sink, in the trunk, under the bed? You know you shouldn't throw such things in the trash, or pour them on the ground or down the drain, but how can you dispose of household hazardous waste in a responsible way?
Where to properly dispose of hazardous waste
Leon County operates a permanent hazardous waste collection center at the Leon County Solid Waste Management Facility on Apalachee Parkway, 4.5 miles east of Capital Circle. The Center is open from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Saturday. Call 606.1803 for more information. You can also check the schedule for Leon County's hazardous waste Roundups. County staff will accept, free of charge, all your household hazardous waste, such as paints, solvents, pesticides, pool chemicals, fluorescent lamps, auto batteries, rechargeable batteries, and caustic cleaners.
Please exercise care in transporting your hazardous waste. If a container is leaking, put it inside another larger container or inside a sturdy zip-lock bag. Do not allow different products to mix together! (You may be rewarded by an impromptu chemistry lesson.) If the original product label is missing or illegible, please attach as much information about the substance that you accurately know. (For example, "Pesticide used on roses.") Load the items into your vehicle in such a way that the containers won't break or spill, drive carefully to the collection site and hand over your hazardous hoard to the professionals there.
Another Good Idea - Leon County Swap Shop
Do you need a small amount of fertilizer, paints, stains or other household chemicals? Visit the Leon County Swap Shop at the Leon County Solid Waste Management Facility where you can take up to 5 items each visit rather than purchasing a full container you'll need to dispose of later. Any unused portions can be returned to the Swap Shop.
What items are considered to be hazardous waste?