Hazardous waste is a type of waste that holds potential threats to the public, solid waste workers and the environment. Some examples of this include pesticides, cleaning products, pool chemicals, paint, used oil, propane tanks, and gasoline. It is crucial to dispose of household hazardous waste at a proper facility and not within your household garbage container.
How to Dispose of Waste
When they are no longer needed or usable they become “Household Hazardous Waste” and now have to become part of the waste stream. Anywhere along the disposal route household hazardous waste can be a threat to the public, solid waste workers and the environment if not disposed of properly. That is why it is so important to dispose of household hazardous waste at an appropriate facility and not within your household garbage container.
Hazardous waste can be brought to the transfer station closest to our area for proper disposal. The address is:
West Central Transfer Station in Royal Palm Beach
9743 Weisman Way
Royal Palm Beach, Florida 33411
For additional locations please call the Solid Waste Authority’s Household Hazardous Waste department at 561-697-1100 or visit the Solid Waste Authority Website.
The following materials are not accepted at transfer stations and must be disposed of at the Solid Waste Authority Landfill:
- Construction and demolition debris
- Dead animals
- Land clearing debris
- Miscellaneous items that require special handling
Hazardous Waste Items
Learn more about the following hazardous waste items:
- Batteries: Drop off rechargeable batteries at the nearest transfer station or return to a participating retailer take back program such as Home Depot or Office Depot. Call 1-800-822-8379 visit the Call2Recycle website for participating locations.
- Mercury and Fluorescent Lamps: Fluorescent lamps do contain mercury, and therefore are not collected curbside and must be disposed of properly at the above listed locations. Other mercury containing devices such as thermostats, thermometers, electrical switches and liquid mercury should also be brought to a hazardous waste collection center.
- Paint: Aerosol spray cans can be sprayed until empty and then placed in garbage can. All other types of paints must be brought to a transfer station for proper disposal.
- Paint: Latex paint (water based) can be dried out and thrown away in your garbage. Remove the lid and add sand, cat litter or sawdust to dry out unused paint. Leave the can uncovered.
- Pesticides: Empty containers can be thrown away in the trash. Triple rinse bottles, spray contents on target area or combine with new product.
- Propane Tanks: Propane tanks can be brought to the nearest transfer station.
- Sharps/Medical Waste: Needles and syringes should not be placed in the garbage, recycling containers, or down the toilet. Waste Management and Safe Compliance, Inc. have partnered up to provide a safe and confidential disposal of medical wastes such as needles, syringes, lancets, test strips, and other items through the mail. Call 1 877-927-8363 or visit the Waste Management Website. The Palm Beach County Department of Health has a Used Sharps Depository Program for proper disposal of used needles. View the closest Sharps Exchange locations in the area. For additional locations call 561-355-3023.
- Used Oil: Residents can bring used motor oil to the Solid Waste Authority Household Hazardous Waste Facility or any SWA transfer station listed above free of charge or call 1-800-741-4337 for alternate used oil drop-off locations.