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Household Hazardous Materials

What are Household Hazardous Materials?

Household hazardous materials (HHMs) are products that can be found in everyone’s homes. These products pose a threat to the health and safety of the people and the environment if improperly handled. All HHMs possess at least one of the following characteristics: Flammability, Reactivity, Toxicity, and Corrosiveness.

What are some examples of Household Hazardous Materials that are taken by the Recycling Center?

  • Automotive Products: Antifreeze, brake fluid, gasoline/diesel fuel, oil, transmission fluid, power steering fluid, car cleaners, windshield washer fluid, batteries.
  • Cleaners: Floor wax/stripper, toilet bowl cleaner, furniture polish, metal cleaner, spot remover, window cleaner, drain cleaner.
  • Home Improvement Products: Adhesives, paint, stain, varnish, paint thinner, wood preservatives, wood filer.
  • Pesticides/Herbicides: Mothballs, bug killer, animal repellent, weed killer, rat poison.
  • Miscellaneous: Aerosol cans,  rechargeable batteries, thermometers, pool chemicals, florescent light-bulb

Latex or water based paint is not considered hazardous waste but cannot be discarded with regular trash. The Recycling Center does accept this product for a fee of $2 up to 5 gal. then $4 for 5 gal. and larger.

How do I dispose of these materials?

To properly dispose of HHMs, they must be deposited at a certified Regional Collection Center (RCC). The Dickinson County Recycling Center is a certified RCC and can accept all of your Household Hazardous Materials.

What is the process to bring in my Household Hazardous Materials?

  1. Call ahead: If you have a lot of materials, alerting the Recycling Center attendants of your intention to dispose of HHMs will allow them to properly prepare for your arrival and answer any questions you have.
  2. Transportation: Care should be taken when transporting HHMs. All HHMs should be transported in a way that prevents spilling and leakage.
  3. Paperwork: When HHMs are delivered to the Recycling Center, each customer must complete paperwork that provides the Recycling Center with contact information, shows the type of waste and the origin of the waste.

Call or email the Dickinson County Recycling Center 712-338-2549 or email at recycle@co.dickinson.ia.us