Household Hazardous Waste

House Hold Hazardous Waste Open 1st and 3rd saturdays april to november

Regular HHW facility will be closed on Saturday, June 1. The City/County/University will hold their annual collection event on this day from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the Hearnes Center parking lot.  Residents may drop-off tires, paints, chemicals, electronics and appliances.  Items will be accepted free of charge with the following exceptions:

CRT monitors and rear projection TVs for a fee of $10 each.  

Tires for a fee of $2.00 each (24” or smaller) and $10 each (over 24”), max of 50.

No hazardous products are collected curbside. Columbia residents may dispose or recycle  hazardous waste for no cost at the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Facility.  Tires and large electronics not accepted. 

motor oils, glues, paints Prescription and over the counter medicine bleach ammonia, chemical cleaners
batteries and light bulb paints Chemicals and Cleaning Products


Interactive Map

Interactive Map

What makes a product hazardous?

Always read the product labels. Signal words to look for on the label are DANGER, POISON, WARNING, or CAUTION. Products are considered hazardous if they have one or more of the following properties:

  • Flammable/ combustible – can be easily set on fire
  • Explosive/ reactive – can detonate or explode through exposure to heat, sudden shock, pressure, or incompatible substances
  • Corrosive – chemical action can burn or destroy living tissues or other materials when brought in contact
  • Toxic – capable of causing injury or death through ingestion, inhalation, or skin absorption

Common Household Hazardous Products

  • Acids
  • Adhesives and glues
  • Aerosol cans
  • Ammunition
  • Ammonia
  • Antifreeze
  • Art and hobby paints
  • Asphalt and roofing tar
  • Batteries, household or dry cell
  • Batteries, lead acid
  • Batteries, rechargeable
  • Bleach
  • Brake fluid
  • Capacitors
  • Caulk
  • Car wax and cleaners
  • Cartridges, inkjet & Toner
  • Cell phones
  • Charcoal lighter fluid
  • CFCs and HCFCs
  • Digital cameras
  • Disinfectants
  • Drain opener
  • Fabric dyes
  • Fertilizer
  • Fireworks and other explosives
  • Fingernail polish and remover
  • Flea collar
  • Fluorescent lights
  • Furniture polish and wax
  • Gas cylinders
  • Gasoline
  • Insecticide and insect repellent
  • Kerosene and fuel oils
  • Lead
  • Lighter fluid
  • Lubricating oils
  • Medications
  • Mercury
  • Mothballs
  • Motor oil
  • Organic solvents
  • Oven cleaner
  • Pagers
  • Paint: solvent-based
  • Paint: water-based
  • Paint strippers: alkaline-based
  • Paint strippers: solvent-based
  • Paint strippers: water-based
  • PDA’s
  • Pesticides
  • Pet spray and dip
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Photographic chemicals
  • Radios, two way
  • Rat and mouse poison
  • Septic tank cleaners
  • Shoe polish
  • Smoke detectors
  • Spot removers
  • Swimming pool and spa chemicals
  • Toilet bowl cleaner
  • Toner
  • Transmission fluid
  • Tub and tile cleaner
  • Unknown substances
  • Varnish
  • Windshield wiper fluid
  • Wood preservatives
  • Wood stain

FREE Paint

Are you in need of latex paint?
Visit the “HHW Paint for Re-Use Shed“, open Tuesday and Thursday (1:30 to 2:30 p.m.), located at 1313 Lakeview Avenue. The Shed contains 5 gallon buckets of latex paint collected from Household Hazardous Waste Collection Days, which are available free of charge. —Please be aware that buckets might not contain a full 5 gallons of paint and colorfastness and tint are not guaranteed. Customers assume all risk and paint is provided “as is”.