Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)

HHW Location

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

2014 Mobile Collection Drives:
April 19, 8am-2pm
Ashland Chemical Inc.
5200 Blazer Parkway
Dublin, OH 43017

June 28, 8am-2pm
Ohio History Center
800 East 17th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43211

Sept. 6, 8am-2pm
Westerville Service Dept.
350 Park Meadows Rd.
Westerville, OH 43081

Oct. 11, 8am-2pm
Grove City Service Center
3262 Ventura Blvd.
Grove City, OH 43123

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


Household Hazardous Waste Location

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 to inquire about the disposal of hazardous materials at a commercially licensed facility.


Household Hazardous Waste List


Accepted Items

Flammables Adhesives:
Oil Based Paint
Polishes
Motor Oil Kerosene
Old Gasoline
Gasoline mixed with oil
Spray Paint
Lighter Fluid
Propane cylinders & tanks
Oxygen tanks
Turpentine
Thinners

Reactives:
Cyanides Pool Chemicals

Corrosives:

Acids & Caustics
Bleach & Household Cleaners Drain Cleaners
Paint Strippers

Toxics:

All Fluorescent Light Bulbs including Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs (CFL's) and Ballasts
Lawn Chemicals & Fertilizers
Fire Extinguishers Rat Poison
Insecticides
Antifreeze
Household, vehicle, computer, and other batteries

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

Smoke Detectors and 
Helium Tanks are also accepted through this program.

 

Unacceptable Items


Asbestos
Appliances
Tires
Ammunition
Trash
Needles, Pharmaceuticals, & Medical Waste

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

*EEI provides disposal of water-based paint at the cost of $1 per any size can.

Latex or 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 disposaed of with your regular trash.