Q: What is Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)?
A: HHW is leftover household products that contain corrosive, toxic, ignitable, or reactive ingredients. Examples of typical HHW products are paints and paint-related products (excluding water-based paint), house cleaners, some automotive products, and pesticide products.
Q: Why do I need to bring these items to the HHW Facility or why should I be concerned about HHW?
A: Improperly disposing of HHW into storm drains, sanitary sewers, on-lot sewage systems, or by dumping them onto the ground allows storm water runoff to pick them up and carry them into waterways. Once this waste enters our waterways, it causes water pollution that poses a threat to our health and can harm – or in some instances kill – animal and plant life.
Q: Where can I take my HHW?
A: Accepted HHW materials can be brought to the Community Recycle Center located at 1000 Sand Flats Road during regular hours of operation (Monday – Friday 8AM to 4PM | Saturday 8AM – 12PM). A minimum fee applies – see our website for a complete list of prices. The HHW Program is open to Grand and San Juan County residents only. Proof of residency (Driver’s License or recent Utility Bill) is required prior to disposal. No commercial or out-of-state/county HHW is accepted.
Q: What items do you accept in the HHW Collection Program?
A: Adhesives, aerosols cans, automotive liquids, flammable liquids (oil, gas, diesel, kerosene, white gas, etc.), corrosives/cleaners, pool chemicals, oil-based paints and paint-related products, pesticides/herbicides, roofing tar, rubber cement, solvents/thinners, household cleaners, Freon, wood preservatives, fire extinguishers, and propane cylinders.
Q: What items are not acceptable in the HHW Collection Program?
A: Ammunition/explosives, asbestos-containing materials, pharmaceuticals, hypodermic needles/syringes, medical or biological wastes, radioactive materials, smoke detectors, unknown or mixed chemicals, large quantities of HHW or items accepted under other programs such as universal and electronic waste collection items (lightbulbs, batteries, used motor oil, antifreeze, etc.). Commercial and out-of-state HHW are not acceptable.