Hazardous Waste Guidelines & Drop-off Locations

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Every home has some type of product in it that if not used, stored or disposed of properly may become hazardous.  Pesticides, cleaning products, pool chemicals, paint, used oil, propane tanks, and gasoline are just a few.

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 household wastes can be brought to the following transfer stations closest to our area for proper disposal.  For additional locations please call the Solid Waste Authority’s Household Hazardous Waste department at (561) 697-1100 or visit their web site.

Royal Palm Beach
West Central Transfer Station
9743 Process Drive
Royal Palm Beach 33441

Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday: 7a.m. – 4:30p.m.
4th Saturday of the month: 7 a.m. – 2p.m.

West Palm Beach
Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility 6161 North Jog Road
West Palm Beach 33412

Hours of Operation:
9a.m. – 5p.m.
2nd Saturday of the month: 7a.m. – 2p.m.

Click here to view other facilities to drop-off Hazardous Waste in Palm Beach County

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) 8-BATTERY or visit the RBRC website for participating locations.

Propane Tanks: Propane tanks can be brought to the nearest transfer station listed above.
Propane Gas Grill Safety Tips from the National Propane Gas Association.

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 (800) 741-4DEP for alternate used oil drop-off locations.

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.

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.

Pesticides: Empty containers can be thrown away in the trash.  Triple rinse bottles, spray contents on target area or combine with new product.

Mercury & 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.

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. Click here to order or call 1 (877)  WASTE MD.

The Palm Beach County Department of Health has a Used Sharps Depository Program for proper disposal of used needles.

The closest Sharps Exchange locations in our area are listed below.  For additional locations call (561) 355-3023.

Lantana/Lake Worth Health Center
1250 Southwinds Drive
(561) 547-6800

West Palm Beach Health Center

1150 45th Street
West Palm Beach
(561) 514-5301

The following is a list of hazardous items that need to be disposed of properly. Bring them to a transfer station or a drop-off location near you.

  • Antifreeze
  • Automotive Batteries
  • Automotive Body Filler
  • Batteries: NiCad (rechargeable)
  • Brake Fluid
  • Diesel Fuel
  • Electronics
  • Engine Cleaners
  • Flea Powder
  • Fluorescent Light Bulbs
  • Fungicides
  • Gasoline
  • Gun Cleaners
  • Herbicides
  • Insecticides
  • Lighter Fluid
  • Mercury Thermometers
  • Mineral Spirits
  • Moth Balls
  • Oil (Automotive)
  • Oil Filters
  • Paint (Oil Based)
  • Paint Thinners
  • Pesticides
  • Photo Chemicals
  • Pool Chemicals
  • Propane Tanks
  • Weed Killers

Materials NOT accepted at Transfer Stations that must be brought to the landfill for disposal:

  • Construction & Demolition debris (C&D)
  • Land Clearing Debris
  • Fill
  • Tires
  • Mulch
  • Dead Animals
  • Trailers
  • Sludge
  • Other Items Requiring Special Handling

Other Helpful Links:

SWA Safe and Effective Alternatives
SWA Safe Usage, Storage, and Transportation of Hazardous Waste
Hazardous Waste Symbols:  What do they mean?