Recycle Household Hazardous Waste Right

To help residents dispose of oil-based paint, pesticides, automotive fluids and other hazardous products found in the home, the Solid Waste District offers a Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Program.

The District partners with the 59 communities in the county to offer local, frequent collection events for disposal of household hazardous wastes (HHW). This program is free to all Cuyahoga County households and provides the environmentally-safe disposal of hazardous, poisonous or toxic household products that cannot be disposed in the regular trash.

HHW is collected from residents by their city service department and is delivered to the District’s year-round Special Waste Convenience Center. Collection events are held only at city service departments. The District's facility is not open to the general public. Most communities will only accept and manage waste from their own residents. Contact your community for details..

Examples of HHW include oil or solvent-based paint, sealers, primers, or coatings (aerosols or liquids), solvents, paint thinner, varnishes and polyurethanes, oils and grease, automotive fluids, aerosols, adhesives, roof tar, driveway sealer, fuels, lawn and garden products, pesticides, pool chemicals and household cleaners. 

Dried-out paint cans, empty aerosol cans and other empty containers can be placed in the regular trash for disposal. Empty motor oil and antifreeze jugs may have residue of the hazardous materials they held and should be placed in the trash, not recycling, for proper disposal.


See intructions from The Spruce on how to dispose of oily rags.

By federal law, empty HHW containers (3% of material remaining or less) can be disposed in the regular trash. If you prefer, the empty containers can also be disposed in your community’s next HHW collection.

Consider donating still usable materials (furniture polish, air freshener, hairspray, laundry detergent, lamp oil, pool chemicals, paint) to a friend, neighbor, organization or materials exchange freecycle event that may be able to use the unwanted products.

Latex paint, batteries and fluorescent bulbs are not accepted in this program. 


Propane tanks, fire extinguishers and helium or oxygen tanks can be recycled at local retail locations or scrap metal yards.

Learn more about the history, community partnership and rules of Cuyahoga County's Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Program.