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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.

  • Closed: Sundays, New Years Day, 4th of July, 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:

Rechargeable Batteries

  • Cell Phone

  • Computer

  • Power Tool

Lead Acid/Vehicle Batteries

Flammables (please bring in a sealed container that you are willing to leave at the site).

  • Gasoline

  • Fuel Oil

  • Lighter Fluid

  • Kerosene

Fire extinguishers


  • Acids & Bases

  • Herbicides

  • Household Cleaners

  • Photographic Chemicals

  • Pesticides

  • Poisons

  • Solvents

Fluorescent light bulbs


  • Lacquers

  • 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. These may be disposed of in an enclosed puncture container, such as a detergent bottle.

  • 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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