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Household Hazardous Waste



Household hazardous Waste
Environmental Division Manager
Kathy Andrew
Phone:  (719) 520-7871
Administration > Environmental Division > Household Hazardous Waste

Take a sneak peak at the Household Hazardous Waste Facility (HHWF) with this                            Video on YouTube.

Not all items are accepted at OFF-SITE events.

Accepted Materials
  • Basic Recyclables - NO SORTING
    Aluminum, Cardboard, Glass Containers, Metal Cans, Paper, and Food and Beverage Plastic Containers.  Clean containers only - No Food Residue.  All cardboard, paperboard etc. must be flattened.
  • Paint, Stains, Solvents, Etc.
    Latex, Oil-Based, Aerosol, and Hobby Paints; Lacquers, Solvents, Stains, Strippers, Thinners, Varnishes, etc.  
  • Lawn & Garden
    Lawn & Houseplant Fertilizers, Herbicides, Insecticides, Pesticides, Rodent Poisons, Wood Preservatives, etc. 
  • Household
    Aerosols, Ammonia, Ammunition (& Gunpowder), Bleach, Cleaners (carpet, drain, oven, toilet), Cooking & Lamp Oils, Degreasers, Deodorizers, Fire Extinguishers, Fireworks, Floor Cleaners/Waxes, Fluorescent Lights & Ballasts, Furniture Polish/Wax, Laundry Products, Mercury, Mothballs, Photographic Chemicals, Propane & Butane Tanks (1-lb & 20-lb), Rust Removers, Silver Cleaners, Smoke Alarms, Spot Removers, etc.
  • Sensitive Document Shredding (limits and fees apply). 
  • Porcelain
    Sinks, Toilets, Ceramic Tiles, Granite & Marble countertops. Items must be unloaded without staff assistance. The County is partnering with Colorado Springs Utilities to recycle crushed porcelain for use in local roads.  All non-porcelain parts must be removed prior to transporting to the HHWF. 
  • Batteries  
    Household Batteries: AA, AAA, C, D, 9-Volt, Hearing Aid, Rechargeable, Car Batteries, etc.
  • Automotive - NO TIRES
    Antifreeze, Batteries, Brake & Transmission Fluids, Cleaners (bug, tar, chrome, engine, vinyl), contaminated Motor Oil, self-service uncontaminated Motor Oil (in 5-gallon containers or smaller only), Flares, Fuels, Wax, etc.
  • Data Media
    Audio and Video Tapes, CDs, DVDs, BluRay Discs, Game Cartridges, etc.
  • Electronics
    Audio/Video Equipment, Camcorders, Cell Phones, Computers, Digital Cameras, Fax Machines, Microwave Ovens, Printers, Scanners, Toner and Ink Cartridges, TVs (19” or smaller), etc. 
  • Medical
    Pills, Liquid Medicines, Ointments, Patches, Inhalers, etc.:  
    Prescription (no controlled substances, no chemotherapy drugs) and over-the-counter medications accepted.

    Medical Sharps:  Put in a certified medical sharps container from a pharmacy, or a clean plastic liquid laundry detergent bottle with a narrow neck and a screw lid.                
  • What Happens To These Items? 
  • Click for a PDF Version of this List and Map 


Facility Information
  • Phone:
    (719) 520-7871

  • Address:
    3255 Akers Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80922
    Between Constitution Ave. and North Carefree Circle, just West of Marksheffel Road. Google MAP

  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday to Friday,
    7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Second Saturday of the Month, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.     

  • Business Waste accepted 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Thursdays ONLY

  • Available to El Paso and Teller county residents only.

  • Waste must be in labeled, non-leaking containers that can be left at the site.

  • This is a free service for households.  A donation of non-perishable food items for the Care & Share food bank is encouraged.

Drop & Swap Program
  • New / Usable Paint and Household Chemicals are available free to the public at the Household Hazardous Waste Facility. 

  • Call 520-7871 for more information. 

Business Waste Program
  • Pre-registration is required for this fee-based program. Qualifying Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator (CESQG) businesses can drop off their hazardous waste on Thursdays, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • More Information Here. 

  • Call 520-7871 for more information and to sign up.