An official website of the United States government.

We've made some changes to EPA.gov. If the information you are looking for is not here, you may be able to find it on the EPA Web Archive or the January 19, 2017 Web Snapshot.

Household Hazardous Waste and Demolition

Household wastes that are toxic, corrosive, ignitable, or reactive are known as Household Hazardous Waste (HHW). Examples may include:

drums, jugs and cans of household hazardous waste are collected for safe disposal
  • motor oil
  • automobile batteries
  • paints and solvents
  • household cleaners
  • drain openers
  • pesticides
  • compressed gas tanks (such as propane and oxygen)

These types of wastes are sometimes found in residential properties awaiting demolition.

How to dispose of HHW

EPA strongly recommends that you not pour household hazardous waste down the drain, on the the ground, or into storm sewers.

While federal law allows disposal of HHW along with other household wastes, your state may not. Check with your state.

Many communities have HHW collection programs to reduce the potential harm posed by these chemicals. EPA encourages participation in these HHW collection programs rather than discarding the HHW in the trash. Check with your local solid waste management district office to identify management options.

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)