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FREE Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Events

Stack of hazardous waste products

What is HHW?

HHW consists of everyday products that can present a threat or risk to people or the environment. These items can be corrosive, ignitable, toxic or reactive. When we no longer need them, they are considered household hazardous waste. When HHW is not correctly disposed of, it can enter our environment and cause harm. 

Residents can drop off non-leaking HHWs.

Read more about what items are and are not not accepted in the FAQs.

Items Accepted

  • household batteries
  • paints and pesticides
  • fluorescent lights
  • cleaning and automotive products
  • vitamins and supplements
  • personal care products, including hair products, lotions, nail polish/remover
  • mercury-containing items, such as thermostats, thermometers and button-shaped batteries
  • under-the sink cleaners & bleaches

More questions? FAQs

Items Not Accepted

  • tires
  • e-waste
  • asbestos
  • explosives
  • pharmaceuticals
  • bio-waste (needles, bandages)
  • commercial and industrial waste

More questions? FAQs

Additional Opportunities

The risk of fire, explosion and spills exists when transporting hazardous waste products, so please prepare items safely for transport, following these rules:

  • store items upright in boxes or tubs, not loose bags
  • keep similar items together (do not stack)
  • containers must be sealed and cannot leak
  • acids and oxidizers must be separated
  • keep items away from children and pets

Prescription Drug Take-Back Programs 

Improper disposal of pharmaceutical medications can contribute to undesirable compounds and chemicals passing through wastewater treatment plants to local waterways, where they can have adverse impacts to wildlife and the aquatic environment.

Safe disposal practices for unused prescription and over-the-counter medications are important to keep pharmaceuticals out of water bodies. Do not flush medications down the sink or toilet.

Fort Collins Police Services offers a free and anonymous Daily Prescription Drug Take-Back Program. Items not accepted include intravenous solutions, injectables, syringes, mercury (thermometers), oxygen containers, chemotherapy/radioactive substances, pressurized canisters and illicit drugs.

Check out these additional prescription drug take-back locations.