Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)

Some Household Hazardous Wastes are now accepted at the county convenience centers year-round, they include:

  • Antifreeze
  • Auto Batteries
  • Automotive Fluids
  • Mercury Thermostats
  • Oil Based Paint
  • Pool Chemicals
  • Rechargeable Batteries
  • Stains
  • Used Oil
  • Varnishes
  • Yard and Garden Fertilizers and Pesticides

No explosives or flammable materials can be accepted, such as gasoline, paint or lacquer thinners at the convenience centers.

Latex Water-Based Paint

Latex water-based paint can be dried up and then safely disposed of in the regular household trash. Remove the paint can lit and let paint set and dry up solid. To dry quicker you can add kitty litter, oil dry absorbent or saw dust and stir till thick and let the paint dry.

Non-Rechargeable Alkaline Batteries

Non-rechargeable alkaline batteries are now safe to dispose of in the trash.

Free Collection Day

Tennessee Department of Conservation and Environment will sponsor a free collection day in the spring for all other HHW that cannot be accepted year-round. 

Those items are as follows:

  • Household cleaners - drain openers, oven cleaners, wood cleaners and polishes, metal cleaners and polishes, toilet bowl cleaners and household disinfectants.
  • Home maintenance chemicals - paint thinner, wood preservatives, adhesives, paint strippers and removers.
  • Lawn and garden chemicals - herbicides, pesticides, fungicides and fertilizers.
  • Automotive products - fuel additives, grease and rust solvents, air conditioning refrigerants, starter fluids, body putty, coolants, carburetor cleaners and fuel injector cleaners.
  • Miscellaneous - fingernail polish remover, pool chemicals, photo processing chemicals, aerosols, compressed gas, mercury thermostats, mercury thermometers, needles and sharps (in a container).

Additional Information

If you have any questions, please contact the Washington County Solid Waste office at 423-753-1652.