Household Hazardous Waste

SWACO provides Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) disposal services for all Franklin County residents.  Most items are free to dispose of except latex and water based paints, which will incur a small fee for disposal.  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. 

​HHW Facility 

SWACO's vendor, EEI, Inc., operates a 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

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.  All mobile collection events have taken place for 2022. Check back in Spring 2023 for dates and locations.


This program is not offered to businesses. Businesses should contact EEI, Inc. at 614-294-1300 to inquire about the cost to collect or accept their 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 (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.

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

Oil-Based Paint 
Disposal of oil-based paint is available at no charge.

Latex & Water-Based Paint
Latex and water-based paints are not accepted as part of SWACO's free residential HHW program.  However, EEI will accept the material for a charge.  Please contact EEI, Inc. at 614-294-1300 for disposal prices of latex paint (typically $1.00 per gallon).

Latex and water-based paints are not considered hazardous. Therefore, latex and water-based paints are not accepted as part of SWACO's free HHW program. Paint hardeners, available at most hardware stores, 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. (Kitty litter or sawdust may also be used, but it may take up to several days before the paint is fully solidified if using this method.)

  • Cyanides
  • Pool Chemicals
  • 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