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

Get Directions »

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

2015 Mobile Collection Drives:

April 18 - 8am-2pm
Ashland Chemical Inc.
5200 Blazer Parkway
Dublin, OH 43017

July 25, 8am-2pm
Ohio History Center
800 East17th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43211

Sept. 12, 8am-2pm
Westerville Service Garage
350 Park Meadow Rd.
Westerville, OH 43081

Oct. 3, 8am-2pm
Grove City Service Garage
3262 Ventura Blvd.
Grove City, OH 43123

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 at (614) 294-1300 to inquire about the disposal of hazardous materials at a commercially licensed facility.

Household Hazardous Waste List

Accepted Items

Flammables Adhesives:
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
Household, vehicle, computer, and other batteries

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:

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

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.