HHW Information and Alternatives

What happens to the items collected?

  • Used motor oil, antifreeze and vehicle batteries are recycled by companies specializing in recycling each commodity.
  • Unusable hazardous materials will be disposed of properly by a hazardous waste contractor.
  • Appliances are recycled as scrap metal after the removal of refrigerants.
  • Tires are recycled into crumb rubber.
  • Non-hazardous materials are sorted and recycled as possible and/or disposed of as municipal solid waste.

Between HHW collection events...

  • Motor oil and car batteries may be taken to some local auto parts stores for free. Call the store first - Materials accepted and hours of operation are subject to change.
  • Allow small amounts of latex paint to dry and harden. Place open can of dried paint in the garbage container. Place lid in container separately. Large amounts of latex paint can be solidified with an agent found in the hardware store or mix in equal amounts of kitty litter. Once the paint is solid you can place it in the garbage container.
  • Use or burn up propane in small (1 lb) canisters. Place empty canister in the garbage container. Take BBQ cylinders/tanks to a propane dealer for reuse or recycling or save them for the HHW collection events.
  • City disposal facilities accept car batteries, up to five (5) gallons of motor oil per residence, household appliances, and up to five (5) tires (no oversized tires) per residence per year. Bring your current Phoenix Municipal Services bill and matching I.D.
  • Or simply go to www.earth911.com, type in your item and your zip code for a recycle center near you.

Batteries

  • Alkaline and carbon-zinc batteries are non-hazardous. Typically batteries in sizes A, AA, AAA, C, and D, should be bagged and tied and placed in your garbage container.
  • Rechargeable batteries that are nickel-cadmium (Ni-Cd), nickel-metal hydride (Ni-MH), lithium ion (Li-ion), or small, sealed lead batteries, weighing less than two pounds can be recycled at an HHW event or battery vendor.

Household Appliances and Computers

  • Acceptable items include refrigerators, freezers, window air conditioners, water coolers, stoves, washer/dryers, swamp coolers, water heaters, stereos, mobile phones, computers and tablets.  

Recycled Paint Distribution

  • Typically on the second Wednesday after each HHW event (holidays may change this schedule), Phoenix residents or nonprofit organizations may receive up to 20 gallons of recycled paint. They must have their Phoenix Municipal Services bill and a picture ID to match the bill. Paint will be given on a first-come first-served basis. A "Discarded Paint Acknowledgement and Release" form must be signed before picking up the paint. Call 602-262-7251 for availability and location.

Sharps/Syringes

Special Needs Pickup Service

  • If you have a physical condition that prevents you from attending the events, and you cannot find a friend, relative or neighbor to assist you, call 602-262-7251 at least one week before the HHW event for information on special needs pickup service. Special needs pickups will be scheduled on the Thursday and Friday of each collection event.

Download a Alternatives Products Guide

Alternatives for household hazardous products.