Get free stuff at the Regional Collection Center Swap Shop

It’s all free, folks.

Latex and acrylic paint, drain cleaner, weed control products, insect repellent --- the Regional Collection Center swap shop has a variety of household products that county residents can have for free.Photo of acrylic paintopens IMAGE file

People may bring in household hazardous chemicals to the Milford collection center and dispose of them for no charge, from household cleaners to leftover paint. Anything that is poisonous, corrosive, reactive or flammable may be taken to the  center.

“We get a lot of people that come in and are cleaning out a house or their parents’ house or their neighbor’s house,” said manager Charles Vigdal.

Anything that is still usable is put in the swap shop for others to take and use.

“We do get a lot of stuff that is usable and useful,” Vigdal said. “There’s a lot of stuff that hasn’t been opened.”Photo of Weed B Gonopens IMAGE file

Many regional collection centers like the Regional Collection Center have similar swap shops, and it’s a great way to recycle useful products. Many people who purchase cleaning supplies on sale end up not using them or buy a product for a specific purpose and then have most of the bottle left after that project.

“It’s a smart recycling program,” Vigdal said.

However, many people don’t realize that the county offers this program, but Vigdal is hoping that more residents will start to take advantage of the service.

“It’s always changing; we’re always getting new stuff in,” Vigdal said. “Why spend money when you could come here and get project paint, soap, grout cleaner or whatever?”

Call 712-338-2549 to check if the RCC has something in stock or stop by 2260 220th St. in Milford during open hours.  Hours are November-March Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9 to 4 and April-October Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9 to 4 and Tuesday, Thursday 10-6.

The Regional Collection Center also offers a variety of other services, including disposal of green waste, appliances, electronics and tires for minimal prices.


  1. Jan Grant on May 4, 2018 at 10:03 am

    Excellent website full of information!!!

  2. Peg Moore on January 19, 2018 at 1:34 pm

    Awesome concept!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂