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What is Household Hazardous Waste?
What is Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)?
Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) is any waste produced in the home that is dangerous or potentially harmful to our health or the environment (Source: EPA - Hazardous Waste).

What Can Be Brought to HHW Events?
Do you have a question about an item not listed here, or would like to see an item added to the list, please send us a request by email.

Limit per Household:
  • 15 containers (1 gallon size) of liquid HHW
    • Container size no larger than 5-gallons
  • 40 pounds of solid HHW

Note: These events are for Loudoun County residents only.  No commercial waste or waste from businesses will be accepted.

 Yes - Item is Accepted at HHW Events  No - Item is Not Accepted at HHW Events
(Click Item for Suggested Recycling/Disposal)
  • Ammonia
  • Animal Pet/Care Products
  • Batteries
    • Alkaline
    • Button
    • Household
    • Lithium
    • Ni-Cad
    • Rechargeable
  • Bleach
  • Brake Fluid
  • Chemicals
  • Cleaners
  • Diesel Fuel*
  • Fertilizers with
    Pesticides or Herbicides
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Fluorescent Bulbs/Tubes
  • Fuel Additives

  • Gasoline
  • Gear Oils*
  • Herbicides
  • Insecticides
  • Kerosene*
  • Latex Paint**
  • Mercury Thermometers
  • Mercury Thermostats
  • Mineral Spirits
  • Oil-Based Paint
  • Paint Thinners
  • Pesticides
  • Photographic Chemicals
  • Solvents
  • Swimming Pool Chemicals
  • Transmission Fluid*
  • Unwanted Fuels
  • Windshield Washer Fluid

*Items may be taken to the Loudoun County Landfill Recycling Center and poured into prospective tank (no charge).
**Latex paint is not considered hazardous and may be disposed of with regular trash or brought to the Loudoun County Landfill for disposal (fee applies).  Hardening the paint to the consistency of peanut butter with kitty litter, or something similar, is recommended.



 
Ammunition

  • Call the Fire Marshal's Office for disposal at 703-737-8600.

 
Asbestos

  • Should only be removed by trained contractor.
    • Search for Asbestos Abatement contractors online.
  • Residents Only: Certain types of non-friable asbestos (roofing shingles and floor tiles only; no siding) may be brought to the Loudoun County Landfill for a fee.

 
Automotive Batteries/Lead-Acid Batteries


 
Carbon Monoxide Detectors

  • May be disposed of in regular household trash.
  • Contact manufacturer for any take-back programs.

 
Commercial Waste


 
Electronics


 
Explosives

  • Call the Fire Marshal's Office for disposal at 703-737-8600.

 
Fireworks

  • Call the Fire Marshal's Office for disposal at 703-737-8600.

 
Helium Tanks

  • Empty helium tanks may be brought to the Loudoun County Landfill for a fee and placed in the scrap metal pile for recycling.
  • To ensure tanks are empty, remove tab on top of tank.

 
Household Trash


 
Industrial Waste


 
Medical Waste

  • Residential medical waste originating in Loudoun County may be brought to the Loudoun County Landfill for a fee.
  • Medical waste produced outside of residential usage is NOT accepted at the Loudoun County Landfill.
    • Contact a regulated medical waste contractor for disposal.

 
Propane Tanks


 
Radioactive Materials

  • These materials must be handled with extreme care.
  • Search hazardous waste/radioactive material disposal online for qualified disposal companies.

 
Sharps, Syringes, and Hypodermic Needles

  • Residential medical waste, including sharps, syringes, and hypodermic needles, originating in Loudoun County may be brought to the Loudoun County Landfill for a fee.
    • Place items in sharps container or rigid plastic bottle.  If a rigid plastic bottle is used, please tape the top and mark it "Do Not Recycle."
    • Bringing it to the landfill reduces risk of container being crushed inside commercial trash trucks.
  • Check online for mail-back sharp container programs.
  • Medical waste produced outside of residential usage is NOT accepted at the Loudoun County Landfill.
    • Contact a regulated medical waste contractor for disposal.

 

 
Shock-Sensitive Materials

  • These materials must be handled with extreme care.
  • Search hazardous waste/shock-sensitive material disposal online for qualified disposal companies.

 
Smoke Detectors

  • May be disposed of in regular household trash.
  • Contact manufacturer for any take-back programs.

 
Unknown Materials

  • Items without identification need to be tested for proper disposal.
  • Hazardous waste companies can typically do this on-site during HHW events.
    • However, this does not guarantee that item will be able to be taken at HHW events.
    • If you have an unknown material that you suspect to be hazardous, please contact us via email prior to the event.

 
Unused Medications



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