Household Hazardous Waste Facilities

COVID-19 Update

  • Household Hazardous Waste Facilities are operating on normal schedules.
  • Please stay in your vehicle and allow site attendants to unload your items.
  • Please be patient; increased volumes and cleaning may increase delays at sites.

Wake County Solid Waste Management Division manages three household hazardous waste facilities for residents to safely dispose of hazardous waste items. Some common household items can contain hazardous materials that should not be disposed of in household garbage due to their potentially harmful properties.

For accepted items and opening times, select a site below.

Additional Information

Closings

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

Unacceptable Items

  • Ammunition. Contact your local law enforcement agency for safe disposal options.
  • Antifreeze, motor oil and oil filters are collected at the Multi-Material Recycling Facilities.
  • Business or commercial waste. If you are a business that generates small quantities of hazardous waste, view disposal options here.
  • Explosives, fireworks, weapons, grenades, shock-sensitive items or other weaponry. Contact your local law enforcement agency for safe disposal options.
  • Helium tanks can be discharged, punctured and recycled in scrap metal containers at Convenience Centers.
  • Hoverboards. Contact the manufacturer for disposal options.
  • Hypodermic needles/syringes. Place in an enclosed, puncture-proof container, such as a detergent bottle, and dispose of in your household garbage.
  • Incandescent, halogen and LED light bulbs can go in 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.
  • Small amounts of latex paint, latex caulk, spackle, putty or grout can go in household garbage.
  • Smoke detectors contain trace amounts of radioactive material. The recommendation is for consumers to return the smoke detectors to the manufacturers or contact NC Radiation Protection at 919-814-2250.
  • Toilet cleaner, liquid soaps, detergents or cleaner with ammonia (don't mix with bleach) can be flushed down your sink or toilet with plenty of water (not septic tanks).
  • Other or unknown materials, contact ECOFLO at 800-999-6510 for information about safe disposal options.

Site Rules

  • Secure products so they don’t tip over or leak.
  • Follow signs and stay in your vehicle at all time.
  • Be prepared to show proof of Wake County residency.
  • Do not smoke while on the premises.
     

Drop-off Locator

Search by material and locate where to recycle or dispose of items with the drop-off locator.

Contact Us

Facility Manager: Meghan Baldwin

Email: [email protected]