Household Hazardous Waste Disposal

HHW Location
SWACO hosts 4 mobile collection events each year which occur spring - fall.
Please check back for the 2017 HHW mobile collection dates and times.  

HHW Facility Information
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

Franklin County Commissioner, Marilyn Brown, speaks on the proper disposal of Household Hazardous Waste materials. 

Household Hazardous Waste List

Accepted Items

Oil Based Paint
Motor Oil
Old Gasoline
Gasoline mixed with oil
Spray Paint
Lighter Fluid
Propane cylinders & tanks
Oxygen tanks

Pool Chemicals


Acids & Caustics
Bleach & Household Cleaners
Paint Strippers


All Fluorescent Light Bulbs including Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs (CFL's) and Ballasts.
Lawn Chemicals & Fertilizers
Fire Extinguishers
Rat Poison
Batteries of all types including alkaline, computer, vehicle, and others.  PLEASE NOTE: Alkaline batteries can catch fire if mixed with other types of batteries.  It is best to keep them separate while storing and transporting.

Smoke detectors
Thermostats containing mercury
Helium tanks

Fats, Oils and Greases:
Items will be accepted if delivered in a tightly sealed container.

Unaccepted Items

Needles, Pharmaceuticals, & Medical Waste

Latex and Water-based paint can be disposed of by using the following methods:

*Disposal of oil based paint is available at no charge. EEI provides disposal of water based paint to all Franklin County residents at the cost of $1 per any size can.

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.

Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off Facility Information:

SWACO provides free Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) disposal services for all Franklin County residents. SWACO contracts Environmental Enterprises Incorporated (EEI) to offer free residential recycling for HHW. Please consider buying less hazardous alternatives when possible!

Hours at the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Center have been expanded. An extra day has also been added for the convenience of residents of Franklin County. Residents can bring their old lawn chemicals, paints strippers, acids, insecticides, etc. (See list below) for recycling and/or environmentally safe disposal.

Disposal of oil based paint is available at no charge. EEI provides disposal of water based paint to all Franklin County residents at the cost of $1 per any size can.

*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.