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Posted on: March 17, 2020

Next Loudoun Household Hazardous Waste Event is March 21 in Leesburg

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The first Loudoun County Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) event of 2020 will be held Saturday, March 21, 2020, at 751 Miller Drive in Leesburg from 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. 

Loudoun residents are welcome to bring HHW from their homes to the event, free of charge. Typical HHW includes: fluorescent light bulbs, dry-cell batteries (alkaline, Ni-Cad, Lithium, rechargeable, etc), oil-based paint/stain/varnish, paint thinner, mineral spirits, metal polish, rust remover, wood strippers and preservatives, furniture polish, waxes, sealants and solvents, bleach, pesticides, insecticides, herbicides, fertilizer, pool chemicals, muriatic acid, sulfuric acid, ammonia, mercury, mercury thermometers and thermostats, gasoline, expired fuel, auto cleaners and flushes, brake and transmission fluid, windshield washer fluid, fire extinguishers, moth balls, flea and tick products, photographic chemicals and other hobby chemicals. Anyone who has an item that is not on this list is encouraged to call the county’s Waste Management Division at 703-771-5500 to see if the item can be accepted or if an alternate disposal option is needed. 

The HHW events support social distancing measures that help mitigate the spread of coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). Because of safety concerns related to various types of hazardous materials, the events feature a drive-through process in which residents are instructed to remain in their vehicles and allow event staff to unload any items accepted for disposal. In order to achieve adequate social distancing between event staff and our residential customers, only items placed in the rear of the vehicle will be accepted, such as the trunk of a car, the bed of a pickup truck, or the very back of an SUV. Items will not be accepted if in the front seat, back seat, or if the driver attempts to hand an item to staff. In addition, in order to ensure everyone remains in their vehicle while at the point of service, items must not be brought enclosed in plastic bags.  Staff are not allowed to open any plastic bag containing HHW.  

The limit per household is 15 gallons of liquid HHW (container size not to exceed 5-gallon), and 40 pounds of solid HHW.  Participants should be able to provide proof of Loudoun County residency such as a driver’s license or utility bill.

Motor oil, antifreeze, automobile batteries, propane tanks, helium tanks, CO2 tanks/cartridges, drywall compound and oil-based space heaters will not be accepted at HHW collection events. These materials are accepted at the Loudoun County Solid Waste Management Facility, 21101 Evergreen Mills Road, Leesburg. Visit loudoun.gov/landfill for more information.

Ammunition, explosives, fireworks, and gun powder will not be accepted at the HHW collection events. For information about disposal of these items, contact the Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office at 703-737-8600. 

Electronics will not be accepted at the HHW collection events. Information on how to properly dispose of unwanted electronics is online at loudoun.gov/electronics

Medical waste and medications will not be accepted at HHW collection events. Disposal information is available at loudoun.gov/hhw.

Latex or water-based paint will be accepted but is not considered hazardous. Residents are encouraged to take their paint directly to the Loudoun County Solid Waste Management Facility, where it can be disposed of for a fee, Monday through Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

Businesses and organizations in Loudoun that generate less than 220 pounds of hazardous waste per month are encouraged to visit loudoun.gov/bhwp or call 703-771-5500 for information about the county’s Business Hazardous Waste Collection Program.

For more information about the Household Hazardous Waste Program, call 703-771-5500 or visit loudoun.gov/hhw

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