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​Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)

The Household Hazardous Waste Programdoes not accept any business Hazardous Material per Federal and State laws. We cannot accept hazardous waste from a commercial vehicle. 

Businesses should contact the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality for assistance.

Mecklenburg County offers free household hazardous waste disposal to all County residents.

Safety is our number one mission, therefore we request residents inform the fee booth operators and on-site staff when bringing HHW on site. Please be prepared to show proof of residency, such as a driver's license, upon request from site staff. 

We cannot accept hazardous waste from a commercial vehicle.

To ensure a pleasant visit, please review the Acceptance Guidelines for Materials.

Acceptable Materials

  • Aerosol cans with remaining hazardous products (discard empty cans as regular trash)
  • Antifreeze (20-gallon limit)
  • Arsenic
  • Batteries (Rechargeable types Yes HHW  - Non Rechargeable types likely regular waste).
    • Lithium – Yes HHW
    • lithium-ion – Yes HHW
    • nickel-cadmium – Yes HHW
    • uninterruptible power supplies (UPS), if lead acid battery it can go in the lead acid battery rack adjacent to most HHW areas
    • small rechargeable batteries – Yes HHW
    • rechargeable tool batteries – Yes HHW
  • Brake fluid (5-gallon limit)
  • Car wax
  • Charcoal containing flammable agents
  • Disinfectants
  • Drain cleaner
  • Driveway sealant
  • Drywall mud containing asbestos
  • Gasoline, gas-oil mixes, flammable liquids, unwanted fuels
  • Fertilizers
  • Floor cleaner
  • Fluorescent light tubes and bulbs (compact fluorescent lights - CFLs)
    • fluorescent light ballasts
  • General Cleaning Agents
  • Glue/Adhesives
  • Herbicides
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Insect Repellents
  • Insecticides
  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • Mercury-containing items, including thermostats and thermometers
  • Mildew remover
  • Motor oil (up to 20 gallons per day, per resident)
  • Nail polish & Remover
  • Paint (latex and oil based up to 100 lbs. from residents. Businesses with latex paint should contact us at:
  • Paint thinners and paint solvents
  • Pesticides
  • Pool chemicals
  • Photographic chemicals
  • Road flares
  • Solvents
  • Swimming pool chemicals
  • Tar
  • Transmission fluid (up to 20-gallons per day, per resident)
  • Varnish remover

Unacceptable Materials

  • Pressurized gas cylinders greater than 20 pounds
  • Ammunition
  • Gunpowder
  • Explosives
  • Radioactive materials,
  • Bio-infectious material.
  • Pharmaceuticals 
  • Smoke detectors - dispose of in regular trash collection

How to Store and Pack Materials for Delivery to us:

  • Store material in its original container if possible.

  • Label contents clearly.

  • Never mix different or unknown chemicals.

  • Keep away from heat.

  • Be sure containers do not leak.

  • Pack securely in a sturdy box for transport.


The Household Hazardous Waste Program does not accept any business Hazardous Material per Federal and State laws. Mecklenburg County holds quarterly acceptance events for small businesses.  Otherwise, businesses should contact the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality for assistance.

Need more information? Contact us with your questions or concerns by e-mailing us at: Solid Waste.


Office Location:

2145 Suttle Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28208


Hours: Disposal Site Hours Mon-Sat  7 a.m. - 4 p.m.


General Inquiries
311 or 980-314-3867