Seattle Public Utilities Ray Hoffman, Director

Household Hazardous Waste

The region’s Household Hazardous Waste Facilities accept a variety of chemicals, as well as batteries and fluorescent light bulbs and tubes.

Accepted at Household Hazardous Waste Facilities

  • Antifreeze and motor oil  
  • Drain openers  
  • Hobby chemicals  
  • Cleaning products  
  • Paint thinners  
  • Pool and spa supplies  
  • Batteries - alkaline, button, rechargeable and vehicle batteries  
  • Vehicle batteries  
  • Oil-based paint
  • Pesticides  
  • Propane tanks  
  • Wood preservatives  
  • Glues and adhesives  
  • Fluorescent light bulbs and tubes (also accepted at many retail stores)
  • Mercury-containing thermometers and thermostats

NOT Accepted at Household Hazardous Waste Facilities


See Special Items for details on handling:

  • Syringes, tires and other items that are not accepted at Household Hazardous Waste facilities can be taken to Recycling & Disposal Stations with special preparation.
  • Materials -such as computers, TVs, asbestos, and explosives- that are not accepted at Household Hazardous Waste facilities or Transfer Stations may be accepted for recycling or disposal by other organizations.

Determine if a product is hazardous:

  • Hazardous products are usually labeled Danger, Poison, Caution or Warning.
  • See the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program for information on determining which products are hazardous and how to use and dispose of these products safely.
  • You may also be able to contact the manufacturer for more health and safety information.

Related Link

Green Cleaning

Links to other sites

Local Hazardous Waste Program—Household Products - information on reducing paint-related hazardous waste and disposing of paint and paint-related products
King County – The Take it Back Network