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Household Hazardous Waste Collection


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illustration Make Yours A Healthy HomeToxic household products can be harmful to pets, wildlife, sanitation workers, our health, and the environment if poured down the drain, toilet or storm sewer, or put in the trash. You can properly dispose of and recycle toxic products from your home with Denver’s Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program. Denver residents are eligible for one collection appointment per calendar year.

Please note a $15 co-payment is required from the resident for each appointment.



Accepted Items
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 and lead Mercury thermometers
Mercury thermostats Motor oil and used filters
Murlactic acid Oil-based paint
Paint thinner Pesticides
Polishes Pool chemicals
Rust Remover Stains
Spray paint Stripper
Varnishes Waxes
Weed killer Wood preservatives

Note: Smoke detectors are accepted at an extra fee of $14 each.

Not Accepted Items
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.

Schedule a Collection:

Call 1-800-449-7587  or go to

To qualify for an appointment you'll need:

  • At least 3 different types of materials listed under the list of acceptable items on this page. Batteries no longer count as one of the 3 minimum types, but may still be included. 
  • At least 25 pounds of one material listed under the list of acceptable items. Appointments will not be scheduled for paint only collection. 


Prepare for Your Collection:

Only one collection kit bag is provided per appointment, so it is important to prioritize your materials in order to maximize your collection. The collection kit is a large heavy-duty clear plastic bag that holds about 10 to 12 cans or bottles of material.

  1. Follow the instructions that come with your collection kit. Be sure to label your materials.
  2. Be sure the most toxic materials you have get into the collection kit bag. Pesticides, insecticides, acids, bases and corrosives chemicals are accepted in the hazardous waste program.
  3. Remove paint products, if space is not available in the collection kit bag. Most paint products can be recycled at no cost to you at one of the many sponsored PaintCare drop-off locations. To find the nearest drop-off site, use PaintCare’s online search tool at or call the PaintCare hotline at 1-855-724-6809.
  4. If you have more material than will fit in the bag, excess materials can be collected for an additional fee. Please call the HHW hotline at 1-800-449-7587 prior to your appointment to arrange collection and payment of excess materials.
  5. Set out your collection bag by 7 a.m. on your scheduled appointment collection day and be sure to include the $15 co-payment if you did not pre-pay.