Household Hazardous Waste

SWACO provides free Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) disposal services for all Franklin County residents. Identifying HHW is easy. Look for key words on the container such as poison, danger, caution, flammable, corrosive, or use in a well-ventilated area. Please consider buying less hazardous alternatives when possible! 

Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off 


Help us keep HHW out of the landfill. SWACO contracts Environmental Enterprises Incorporated (EEI) to offer free residential recycling for HHW. 

​Permanent Facility 


SWACO operates a permanent Household Hazardous Waste Center located at:
 
645 E. 8th Avenue 
Columbus, Ohio 43201 
(The corner of E. 8th and Essex Avenue) 
Phone: 614-294-1300 

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Weekly Hours (Closed Holidays) 
Wednesdays: 12pm-6pm 
Thursdays: 9am-5pm 
Fridays: 12pm-6pm

This locations hours have been expanded and an extra day has been added for the convenience of residents of Franklin County. Residents can bring accepted waste items for recycling and/or environmentally safe disposal.

HHW Mobile Collection Events

SWACO also partners with local communities to offer several mobile collection events each year. In 2017, we have one event remaining: 


October 21 - 8 am to 2 pm 
Ohio History Connection 
800 E. 17th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43211
*This event is part of the City of Columbus' Green Purge and was postponed from May 2017 due to a conflicting community event.

Businesses


This program is not offered free to businesses. Businesses should contact EEI at 614-294-1300 to inquire about associated disposal costs of hazardous materials.
  1. Accepted Items
  2. Unaccepted Items

Accepted Items


  • Flammables
  • Gasoline mixed with oil
  • Helium tanks
  • Kerosene
  • Lighter Fluid
  • Motor Oil
  • Oil Based Paint
  • Old Gasoline
  • Oxygen tanks
  • Polishes
  • Propane cylinders and tanks
  • Smoke detectors
  • Spray Paint
  • Stains
  • Thermostats containing mercury
  • Thinners
  • Turpentine
Batteries
Batteries (new and used) can catch fire if stored in close contact with each other. Batteries should always be stored in storage cases made for this purpose or in the original packaging.

Corrosives
  • Acids and Caustics
  • Bleach and Household Cleaners
  • Paint Strippers
Fats, Oils & Greases
Items will be accepted if delivered in a tightly sealed container.

Latex & Water-Based Paint
Disposal of oil based paint is available at no charge. EEI provides disposal of water based paint to all Franklin County residents. Please contact EEI at 614-294-1300 for disposal prices of latex paint.

Latex and water-based paints are water soluble and are not considered hazardous. Paint hardeners, cat litter or sawdust may be added to left over latex paint in order to solidify the unused product. The lid may also be left off to speed up the drying process. Once dried it may be disposed of with your regular trash.

Reactives
  • Cyanides
  • Pool Chemicals
Toxics
  • All batteries including alkaline, computer, vehicle, and others
  • All Fluorescent Light Bulbs including Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs (CFLs) and Ballasts
  • Antifreeze
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Insecticides
  • Lawn Chemicals and Fertilizers
  • Rat Poison

Importance of Proper HHW Disposal Video


Franklin County Commissioner Marilyn Brown shares the importance of properly disposing of Household Hazardous Waste in Franklin County.