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​Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)

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

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.  Clearly mark and identify all materials for our technicians; un-marked or indistinguishable items will be rejected.

We cannot accept hazardous waste from a commercial vehicle.

 County Full Service Drop-off Sites that have HHW facilities:

  • North Mecklenburg Recycling Center
12300 N. Statesville Road, Charlotte, NC 28078
Hours: Monday - Saturday; 7am - 4pm
  • Hickory Grove Recycling Center
8007 Pence Road, Charlotte, NC 28215
Hours: Monday - Saturday; 7am - 4pm
  • Foxhole Recycling Center
17131 Lancaster Highway, Charlotte, NC 28277
Hours: Monday - Saturday; 7 am - 4 pm
  • Compost Central and Recycling Center
140 Valleydale Road, Charlotte, NC 28214
Hours: Monday - Saturday; 7am - 4pm

What is an HHW Material?

  • Kitchen and Bath -  general cleaning agents, disinfectant, drain cleaner, floor cleaner, hydrogen peroxide, isopropyl alcohol, mildew remover, nail polish, and remover.
  • Shop/Storage/Garden - arsenic, herbicides (link to EPA)  fertilizers, insecticides (link to EPA), insect repellent, rodent killer.
  • Garage - asphalt/roofing tar, glues/adhesives, paint, paint thinner, paint and varnish remover, strippers, solvents, flammable oils, gasoline, kerosene, antifreeze, car wax,  motor oil, household batteries (alkaline and nickel-cadmium, i.e. camcorder, laptop, camera, flashlight batteries, etc), lead-acid (car) batteries, photography chemicals, fluorescent light bulbs, pool chemicals, other chemicals.  Motor oil and antifreeze are limited to 10 gallons per day per resident.
  • Latex and oil based paints accepted up to 100 pounds from residents. Businesses with latex paint should contact us for information.
  • Compact Fluorescent Bulbs & Tube-type Fluorescent bulbs
  • Recyclable BatteriesAlternate locations.

Unacceptable Materials:

  • Pressurized gas cylinders greater than 20 pounds, ammunition, gunpowder, explosives,  radioactive materials, bio-infectious material.
  • Pharmaceuticals 
  • Smoke detectors -  dispose of in 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

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