Household Hazardous Waste

An image of examples of household hazardous waste
Leftover household products that contain toxic ingredients require special disposal to avoid harming human health or the environment.

Household hazardous waste (HHW) should never be poured down the drain, onto the ground, into storm sewers or thrown in the trash.

Hidden Valley Transfer Station

17925 Meridian E, Puyallup, WA
(253) 847-7555
Hidden Valley Transfer Station Website

Free HHW drop-off:
Tues and Thurs
8 a.m.–Noon & 1 p.m.–5 p.m.

Tacoma Transfer Center

3510 S Mullen St, Tacoma, WA
(253) 502-2100

Free HHW drop-off:

7 days a week
8 a.m.–6 p.m.
Aerosol Cans (unempty)
All-Purpose Cleaners
Automotive Products
Carpet & Upholstery Cleaner
Cooking Oil  
Drain Cleaner
Flea Collars
Floor Wax
Flammable Liquids
Gasoline (5 gallons max)
Household Cleaners
Insect Repellents
Mercury Thermometers
Motor Oil
Oil-Based Paints
Oven Cleaner
Paint Thinner
Polish (shoe, furniture, brass)
Pool Chemicals
Propane Tanks and Cylinders
Rechargeable Batteries
Rust Remover
Space heater (filled with oil)  
Toilet Cleaner
Weed Killer
Yard and Garden Chemicals
Not Accepted
55-gallon Drums
Biological Waste
Commercial Waste
Commercial Cooking Oil
Compressed-Gas Cylinders
Fluorescent Light Bulbs (use LightRecycle Washington)
Latex Paint
Radioactive Materials

More Information

Read the label of a product to determine if it is hazardous. Look for words like these:
  • Caution
  • Warning
  • Danger
  • Poison
  • Keep out of reach of children
  • Harmful if swallowed
photo of a paint can

Latex paint is water-based and generally not hazardous. Latex paint must be dried up before being put in the garbage.

Mix in an absorbent like cat litter or strips of newspaper to speed up drying time.

Oil-based paint must be disposed of at a hazardous waste facility.

Commercial Hazardous Waste

The facilities above only accept hazardous waste from households in Pierce County.

For information on proper disposal:
Hazardous Waste Line
(800) 287-6429

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