Hazardous Waste


Hazardous Waste

Household Hazardous Waste is accepted
during Drive-Thru Hours

Monday-Friday 9am-4pm and Wednesday 9am-6pm

What is Household Hazardous Waste & how should you get rid of it?

Household Hazardous Waste, or HHW, is any unusable or unwanted product found in your home, garage, shed or barn that can be hazardous to plants, animals, humans or the environment if it is not disposed of correctly. 

Virtually all households have hazardous substances. Every year injuries, death, and environmental damages occur that could have been prevented by properly storing and disposing of household products.

Almost all products that are considered HHW will carry signal words on their labels to alert consumers to potential hazards. The signal word used indicates the level of toxicity of the product.

Poison - contents are highly toxic and potentially deadly at low doses.

Danger - corrosive contents can cause irreversible eye damage or severe skin injury.

Warning - contents are moderately toxic or can cause moderate eye or skin irritation.

Caution - contents are slightly toxic or may cause slight eye or skin irritation.

Hazardous household products should never go in your regular trash, down the drain, on the ground, or in a burn barrel. Follow these procedures to properly handle hazardous household products:

1. Use up what you have and make sure you only buy what you need. In the future, you might consider safer alternatives.

2. If you can't use the product, check with friends, neighbors, and community groups to see if they can use it. If you give a product to someone else, make sure it is in its original, labeled container.

3. Bring HHW to the Recycling Center during Drive-Thru hours (Monday - Friday 9am-4pm, Wednesday 9am-6pm). Please be sure they are not leaking and are in labeled containers (when possible).

Do not leave nuisance wastes on-site after posted hours. 

Placing the recyclables and/or other solid waste on the ground is considered illegal dumping, which is a violation of Indiana Code 35-45-3 and Dearborn County Ordinance 10-1991. Our grounds are monitored and violators will be prosecuted.

For the safety of staff and residents, the District reserves the right to reject certain highly-dangerous materials. If you believe you have such an item, please call ahead for disposal instructions. 812-926-9963

Commonly found HHW

Please be sure all items are not leaking and are in labeled containers when possible. Please call 812-926-9963 about unlabeled items whose content is unknown.

Garden and Workshop

  • Fertilizers
  • Pesticides Herbicides
  • Weed sprays
  • Bug sprays
  • Rodent poisons
  • Aerosols
  • Oil-based paint/stain/varnish
  • Thinners & strippers
  • Acetone
  • Epoxy/adhesives/glues
  • Water repellants
  • Pool chemicals
  • Propane tanks (camping varieties)

Garage & Auto

  • Motor oil, filters, and anitfreeze
  • Brake fluid, transmission fluid, coolant
  • Wax, polish, & cleaner
  • Car paint & solvents
  • Oil-based paints, spray paints, stains, laquers
  • Propane cylinders (BBQ size or smaller)
  • Mercury switches
  • Refrigerants
  • Grease & degreasers
  • Grout & caulk
  • Sealants
  • Tar/sealers/solvents
  • Gasoline & kerosene (containers will not be returned)

Kitchen and Bath

  • Liquid cleaners
  • Upholstery cleaners
  • Oven cleaners
  • Furniture polish
  • Bleach
  • Drain cleaners
  • Tub & tile cleaners
  • Aerosols

Personal care and Miscellaneous

  • Mercury thermometers
  • Hair dyes
  • Perm chemicals
  • Hair spray (aerosol)
  • Nail polish
  • Perfume

Pressurized Cylinder Disposal

The Dearborn County Recycling Center will only accept the pressurized cylinders listed below from Dearborn County residents for disposal and recycling. If it is determined that your pressurized cylinder is not one of the accepted cylinders below, you will be asked to pick up my cylinder and contact Environmental Enterprises for proper disposal.
  • Propane (any size)
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Oxygen
  • Freon
  • Helium
  • Carbon Dioxide

If your cylinder is not accepted at the Dearborn County Recycling Center, please contact Environmental Enterprises at 513-853-3593 for assistance with the disposal.