Hazardous Waste

Household hazardous waste is the discarded, unused or leftover portion of household products containing toxic chemicals. Hazardous usually can be identified by labels such as:
  • Caution
  • Corrosive
  • Explosive
  • Flammable
  • Poisonous
  • Reactive
  • Toxic
  • Warning
Due to its chemical nature, improper disposal of household hazardous waste poses a threat to human health as well as that to the environment, where it may enter the municipal waste stream and cause environmental problems such as ground-water contamination, injuries to waste management workers, and damage to equipment and property.

To provide options for the disposal of hazardous waste, Montgomery County operates a collection event program 5-6 times per year. To find out more information about this collection program, please go to the Montgomery County Household Hazardous Waste page.

NOTE: Residents may drop off up to 10 fluorescent bulbs at any Household Hazardous Waste Collection.  More than 10 bulbs will be considered a business and not accepted.  

Kerosene heaters are not hazardous and should be drained of all Kerosene before disposal. For the disposal of a kerosene heater see: Metal & Scrap