Household Hazardous Waste Collection

Denver residents may dispose of and recycle their household hazardous waste properly through the City's Household Hazardous Waste Program.  Residents living in single-family homes or buildings of seven units or less can make an at-home collection appointment once per calendar year.   All participants must submit a $15 co-payment at the time of their appointment.

There are three easy ways to schedule a collection appointment:

  1. Call 1-800-HHW-PKUP (1-800-449-7587)
  2. Email
  3. Go to

Before making appointment, please make sure that you qualify.  To quality for an appointment, you must have either:
  • A minimum of 3 different types of materials listed under the Acceptable Household Hazardous Waste list (household batteries no longer count as one of the 3 minimum types, but still may be included for recycling in the kit).
  • A minimum of 25 pounds of any one material listed under the Acceptable Household Hazardous Waste list. * Please note that appointments will not be schedule for only latex paint collection.

Once you make an appointment: 
  • A Collection Kit is shipped so you receive it a few days before your scheduled collection.  The Kit includes a bag to contain your materials, instructions, labels and a tie to secure the bag. The collection bag is approximately 50 gallons (30 inches by 36 inches) and is extra thick (6 mil).
  • Assemble all your Household Hazardous Waste according to the instructions.  Be sure to include the $15 co-payment. Materials without lids, leaking or not labeled will not be accepted. Containers must be 5-gallons or less.  The collection bag holds about 10-12 gallons.  
  • If you have more waste than will fit in the bag and are willing to pay for collection of the excess material, then please call the 1-800-449-7587 hotline to arrange for payment for those additional items.
 ** Note: Denver residents that reside in multi-family buildings with more than 7 units are not eligible for a door-to-door collection, but may make an appointment to drop off items at the Denver Regional Household Hazardous Waste Facility. Residents using the program will be responsible for a $15 co-payment.  Drop-off appointments are limited, so only residents living in buildings with more than 7 units are eligible for drop-off appointments.   

Acceptable Household Hazardous Waste

Automotive Fluids Auto Batteries
Chlorine Bleach    Cleaners
Corrosive Chemicals Drain Openers
Fluorescent Bulbs Fluorescent Tubes
Fertilizers     Gasoline
Glue Adhesives             Herbicides
Hobby Chemicals Household Batteries*
Insecticides Latex Paint
Mercury Mercury Thermometers
Mercury Thermostats   Motor Oil & Used Filters
Muriactic Acid     Oil-Based Paint
Paint Thinner Pesticides
Polishes Pool Chemicals
Rust Remover Stains
Spray Paint Stripper
Varnishes Waxes
Weed Killer     Wood Preservatives

*household alkaline batteries are accepted for recycling, but no longer count as one of the minimum 3 types needed to schedule a collection apppointment.

Unacceptable Materials

The City's Household Hazardous Waste Program cannot accept:
  1. Asbestos (including linoleum tiles containing asbestos from older homes)
  2. Explosives
  3. Ammunition
  4. Commercial Chemicals or Commercial Quantities (Business Waste)
  5. Bio-Waste (Medical Waste)
  6. Sharps (needles)
Due to the possible health risks associated with handling materials containing asbestos (such as linoleum tiles), please consult the Air Pollution Control Division Asbestos Unit to learn more about safe handling and disposal for asbestos. State of Colorado info on asbestos removal and disposal or 303-692-3150

If you have any of these other materials listed and have questions about proper disposal methods for them, then please contact the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) Customer Technical Assistance Line 303-692-3320.