Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District

Household Hazardous Waste

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) is any discarded household material labeled as toxic, flammable, combustible, explosive, corrosive or reactive. Packaging may also be labeled with the terms “danger”, “warning”, “poison”, or “caution”.

It’s your home, make it safe!


Household Hazardous Waste Collection Centers

  Accepted – By appointment only

  • Automotive products – antifreeze, fuels, batteries, motor oil
  • Adhesives – glue, epoxy, caulk, wood filler
  • CFL Light Bulbs
  • Lawn and garden – pests, herbs, insecticides
  • Oil based paint, stain, thinners, varnish
  • Photo chemicals, pool chemicals
  • Mercury, hazardous liquids, aerosols

Not Accepted

  • Asbestos, tires
  • Compressed gases
  • Commercial waste
  • Explosives, fireworks
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Latex paint
  • Smoke detectors
  • Prescription Drugs
  • Sharps/Syringes

HHW materials generated by residents are not banned from landfills, therefore state funding provides free drop off services to assure a healthier environment for all. Two HHW drop off sites are available to residents of Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Phelps, Pulaski and Washington counties.

Residents must call and make an appointment with either the City of Rolla, Environmental Services (573) 364-9568 or the St. Robert Transfer Station and Recycling Center at (573) 336-5155. For further information, please visit the “Where Do I recycle? tab on our site or see the HHW brochure, which includes recipes for earth-friendly cleaners and a handy paint usage calculator.

These services are administered by the Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) through an Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District grant funded by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

Additional Resources:

     (1) Disposing of Latex Paint

     (2)  Disposal of Broken CFL Bulbs

     (3) Disposal of Unknown Liquids

(1) Disposing of Latex Paint

Latex paint is water-based and is a non-hazardous material and with proper preparation, place it in the trash. Caution, individual waste haulers may vary in their guidelines for accepting dried out paint in a can. Contact your trash hauler directly to ask about how cans should be prepped properly (e.g. lid on or off).

PLEASE NOTE: For the beauty of the community, do no put paint cans in the trash that contain liquid paint. This creates a mess on the streets during the collection process and can result in fines from both our trash hauler and your city.

Easy Disposal Instructions:

Properly dispose of liquid latex paint, dry it out using methods below:

  1. Remove the lid.
  2. Expose the liquid paint to air in a well-ventilated area. Be sure to keep paint can away from animals and children.
  3. If there is a lot of paint, add cat litter or paint drying crystals to the paint and leave the lid off while paint dries. Drying crystals may be found at a hardware store.
  4. When the paint is dry, put can and lid in the trash (leave lid off the can).

(2) Disposal of Broken CFL Bulbs

CFL Bulb Disposal Brochure

(3) Disposal of Unknown Liquids

Safety Kleen, Columbia
Phone Number: (573) 443-5412

 Tradebe Treatment & Recycling, LLC
4343 Kennedy Avenue East Chicago, IN 46312
Toll Free Nationwide Customer Service Phone Number: (800) 388-7242
Or by email at info@tradebe.com