Our HHW drop-off facility is open to Knox County Residents
What is Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)?
Products such as household cleaners, automotive oils and lawn care herbicides are considered hazardous waste because of their potential to hurt the environment when disposed of incorrectly. Household hazardous waste is any product with the word danger (most hazardous) or warning or caution (less hazardous) on its label. A hazardous product will also have at least one of the following properties on its label: toxic, flammable, corrosive or reactive.
What Products Does the HHW Building Accept?
- Oil-based paints (No latex paint)
- Latex Paints can be dried out and thrown in regular trash. Latex Drying Instructions
- Paint-related products – Thinners/Removers
- Non-Alkaline batteries (lithium, Ion, NiMH, NiCd, etc.)
- Car batteries
- Aerosol cans
- Pool chemicals
- Bug sprays
- Drain cleaners
- Driveway sealants
- Electronics: $15 fee per TV or computer monitor. All other E-waste items are free.
- Flammable Liquids
- Fluorescent bulbs
- Furniture strippers
- Household cleaners
- Metal polishes
- Weed killers
- Wood stains
- Thermostats – Mercury
- Wood preservatives
- Oil filters
- Household batteries
- Mercury thermometers
- Expired/unused medications (Please take to Vincennes Police Department Drop Box)
Why Be Concerned with Household Hazardous Waste Items?
Household hazardous waste can ignite if thrown in the regular trash, contaminate septic tanks or wastewater if poured down the drain or toilet or at the curb and travel directly into our streams, lakes, and waterways. Household hazardous waste products from one home may seem insignificant, but when multiplied by millions of home across Indiana that use similar products and dispose of them improperly, the combined effect becomes a serious problem.
What Can I Do to Rid My Home of Household Hazardous Waste?
- Generate less waste and buy only what you can use.
- Reuse or donate unused products to friends or community organizations
- Avoid using chemical pesticides by using traps or other Integrated Pest Management methods for pest control.
- Select the least hazardous product to do the job and buy the minimum amounts necessary.
- Remember to always dispose of products in their original containers because the label contains important information such as manufacturer’s name and phone number to contact in an emergency.
- Contact you city’s or county’s environmental health, solid waste or public works department for information regarding information on proper disposal and for information on which wastes can be recycled in your area.
- Try and buy only what you need for your project. This will help you avoid any dilemma of what to do with leftover HHW
- Make sure and take any leftovers to a designated HHW location
What to do with your Household Hazardous Waste?
Take Household Hazardous Waste to
1600 Bayou Street, Vincennes, Indiana