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 6-7 times per year. To find out more information about this collection program, please go to the Montgomery County Household Hazardous Waste page.

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 my be disposed of at a any Household Hazardous Waste Collection. Kerosene heaters are not hazardous and should be drained before disposal. For the disposal of a kerosene heater see: Metal & Scrap