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NACo Achievement Award winnerCommon household items may contain hazardous materials that should not be disposed of in household garbage due to their potentially harmful properties. Wake County residents only may drop off such materials at a Household Hazardous Waste Facilities free of charge.

Locations and Hours of Operation:

Please note that the East Wake Facility is open Saturday and Sunday only.

North Wake: 9037 Deponie Drive, Raleigh [map], 919-845-4540
Hours: Monday–Saturday, 8 a.m.–4 p.m.

South Wake: 6130 Old Smithfield Road, Apex [map], 919-532-9444
Hours: Monday–Saturday, 8 a.m.–4 p.m.

East Wake: 5051 Wendell Blvd. / Business 64, Wendell [map], 919-365-6650
Hours: Saturday & Sunday only, 8 a.m.–4 p.m. 

Operational Information:

  • Open to Wake County residents only
  • Closed: New Year's Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve (at noon) and Christmas Day

Acceptable Items:

Household Items
  • Acids
  • Bases
  • Ammonia
  • Bleach
  • Chemicals
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Fluorescent light bulbs
  • Fuel oil
  • Kerosene
  • Lighter fluid
  • Latex paint (10-can limit per customer – learn more here)
  • Mercury switches from thermostats
  • Mercury thermometers
  • Mineral spirits
  • Oil-based paint
  • Paint thinners
  • Photographic chemicals
  • Poisons
  • Polishers
  • Solvents
Garage Items
  • Automotive batteries
  • Diesel fuel
  • Gasoline
  • Engine cleaners
  • Engine degreasers
  • Please note: Antifreeze, Motor Oil and Oil Filters are collected at the Multi-Material Recycling Facilities, located adjacent to the Household Hazardous Waste Facilities.
Outdoor, Lawn and Garden Items
  • Fungicides
  • Herbicides
  • Insecticides
  • Pesticides
  • Propane Tanks
  • Weed killers
Pool Items
  • Chlorine
  • Muriatic acid
  • Pool and spa chemicals

(Please tape all terminals or exposed metal parts of lithium and lithium ion batteries with clear plastic tape)

(Tape all terminals or exposed metal parts of lithium and lithium-ion batteries with clear plastic tape)
  • Rechargeable:
    • Lead Acid Gel – such as wheelchair, golf cart, toys, etc.
    • Lithium-ion (Li-ion) such as cell phone, laptop, handheld electronics, etc.
    • Nickel-Cadmium (NiCd) – such as power tools, computers, medical equipment
    • Nickel Metal Hydride – rechargeable household batteries such as AAA, AA, C, D, 9-volt, 12-volt, poly-wrapped cell packs, etc.
  • Non-Rechargeable
    • Alkaline & Carbon Zinc – household batteries such as AAA, AA, C, D, 9-volt, button cells, etc.
    • Lithium (Primary) – such as button cells, AAA, AA, 9-volt, small cylinder, etc. 
    • Silver Oxide – such as hearing aid, camera, etc.
    • Zinc Air – such as watch, hearing aid, etc.
  • Vehicle
    • Lead Acid – automobile, boats, motorcycles, outdoor power equipment, etc.
    • VRLA – wheelchairs, emergency lighting, boats, etc.

Not Accepted:

  • Business or commercial waste. If you are a business that generates small quantities of hazardous waste, view disposal options here.

  • Ammunition. Contact your local law enforcement agency for safe disposal options.

  • Explosives, fireworks, weapons, grenades, shock-sensitive items or other weaponry. Contact your local law enforcement agency for safe disposal options.

  • Hoverboards. To receive a certificate of destruction you may drop them off at GEEP, located at 2710 Weck Drive, Durham, NC 27713, Monday–Friday 7:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

  • Hypodermic needles/syringes. Place in an enclosed puncture container, such as a detergent bottle and dispose of in your household garbage.

  • Medical or infectious waste. View more information here about medical waste disposal in North Carolina.

  • Prescription Medicine. View operation medicine drop locations here.

  • Radioactive materials. View information on radioactive materials here.

  • Smoke detectors contain trace amounts of radioactive material. The recommendation is for consumers to return the smoke detectors to the manufacturers or contact the NC Radiation Protection at 919-814-2250.

  • Other or unknown materials, contact ECOFLO at 800-999-6510 for information about safe disposal options.

Have questions or need more information? Contact Meghan Baldwin or call 919-856-7400.



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