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Meghan H. O'Connor

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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.

Operational Hours:

  • Monday–Saturday, 8 a.m.–4 p.m., Wake County residential customers only

  • Closed Sundays, New Year's Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve (at noon) and Christmas Day


  • North Wake Household Hazardous Waste Facility, 9037 Deponie Drive, Raleigh [map]

  • South Wake Household Hazardous Waste Facility, 6130 Old Smithfield Road, Apex [map]

Acceptable Items:

  • Batteries (Please 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. 
  • Latex Paint (10 can limit per customer – learn more here)

  • Flammables (please bring in a sealed container that you are willing to leave at the site)
    • Gasoline
    • Fuel Oil
    • Lighter Fluid
    • Kerosene

  • Fire extinguishers

  • Chemicals

  • Acids & Bases

  • Herbicides

  • Household Cleaners

  • Photographic Chemicals

  • Pesticides

  • Poisons

  • Solvents

  • Fluorescent light bulbs
    • Compact
    • Tubes

  • Finishes

  • Lacquers

  • Oil-Based Paints

  • Polishes

  • Stains

  • Thinners

  • Wood Preservatives

  • Mercury thermometers

  • Propane Tanks

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/shock-sensitive items. 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.

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



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