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Household Hazardous Wastes Accepted for Disposal
items of hazardous waste
Appointments are required for dropping off materials, see below. All visitors will be required to wear a face covering.

The Hazardous Materials Management Facility (HMMF) is now open and accepting residential and business hazardous materials by appointment only.

We will be closed for lunch from noon to 1 p.m.

  • The Free Reusable Products area is closed to the public. No reuse shopping will be allowed.
  • All visitors will be required to wear a face covering.
  • Be prepared to unload your hazardous materials from your vehicle onto a cart provided by the HMMF and check in with an employee.
  • Please do not visit the HMMF if you feel unwell or have a fever, cough, or shortness of breath.

Review our list of acceptable common household items for disposal. Call 720-564-2251 with any questions.

Household Hazardous Wastes Accepted for Disposal

Wastes Accepted

Our facility is able to take most, but not all, common household products.

  • Antifreeze
  • Auto body filler
  • Batteries (auto and motorcycle)
  • Brake fluid
  • Car cleaners
  • Car waxes and chrome polish
  • Carburetor cleaner
  • Diesel fuel
  • Engine degreaser
  • Gasoline
  • Oil – used or unused
  • Oil filters
  • Power steering fluid
  • Radiator flushes
  • Transmission fluid

We accept all alkaline, rechargeable and button cell batteries for recycling or disposal, including:

  • lead acid batteries (including auto batteries)
  • lithium ion (Li-Ion)
  • lithium primary
  • lithium polymer (Li-Po)
  • nickel cadmium (Ni-Cd)
  • nickel metal hydride (Ni-MH)

The terminals on batteries that are 9 volts or higher MUST be taped with clear tape so that we can clearly read the labels and and to reduce the risk of sparking a fire.

Review the Boulder County Battery Taping Guide for more information: Battery Guide & Disposal

  • Abrasive cleaners,
  • Ammonia-based cleaners,
  • Bleach cleaners,
  • Drain cleaners,
  • Floor cleaners & wax,
  • Oven cleaners,
  • Rug & upholstery cleaners
  • Silver cleaners,
  • Toilet & drain cleaner
  • Batteries
  • E-liquid or juice (these may contain nicotine, vegetable glycerin, and propylene glycol and should be treated as hazardous waste.)
  • Tanks, cartridges, and pods

Note: Empty bottles are not accepted and should be placed in your trash.

Health and Safety Information

Accepted in containers. If you would like to have your container returned to you, ask staff to label your container with name and phone number. The container will be poured off and the container will be ready for pick up in 1-2 business days.
  • Caulks, glues and cements
  • Chemistry sets
  • Helium tanks
  • Mineral spirits
  • Paint remover & stripper
  • Paint thinners & turpentine
  • Photographic chemicals & solutions
  • One-pound propane canisters (typically used for camping)
  • Resins, fiberglass and epoxy
  • Rubber cement thinner
  • Rust proofing products
  • Wood preservatives
  • Fertilizers
  • Fungicides
  • Herbicides
  • Insecticides
  • Pesticides
  • Roach & ant killers
  • Rodent poisons
  • Soil fumigants
  • Weed killers

Learn how to reduce pesticide use: P3 Pest. Plants. People

Note: incandescent and LED bulbs are not accepted and should be placed in the trash

  • Oil, paint, all other accepted liquids – if bringing liquid waste in a 5-gallon bucket, please leave 1 inch of space between the liquid and the brim of the bucket. Containers larger than 5 gallons are not accepted.
  • Lacquers & stains
  • Latex (water-based) paint Note: Alternatively, latex paint can be dried out and disposed of with regular trash.
  • Model airplane paints
  • Oil-based (alkyd) paints
  • Paint remover & stripper
  • Paint thinners & turpentine
  • Varnishes
  • Flea powder & collars
  • Flea sprays & shampoo

Wastes Not Accepted

These products are not accepted at the Hazardous Materials Management Facility. Resources for disposing of each of these products properly is listed in each drop down below.

#6 White Foam Block (also referred to as styrofoam)

Never attempt to remove products you suspect contain asbestos (floor tiles, linoleum, insulation materials). Asbestos fibers are dangerous if inhaled. Call Boulder County Public Health for information 303-441-1100, or consult with a certified asbestos removal contractor.

Please consult appliances listed in Eco-Cycle’s A-Z Recycling Guide for information about how to recycle appliances.

Please consult Eco-Cycle’s A-Z Recycling Guide for information about how to recycle cooking oil/grease.

  • Dispose of in trash

Dispose of with regular trash, or if metal, recycle with scrap metal.
Note: Empty containers with dried-out latex paint MUST be disposed with regular trash, not at the HMMF.

HMMF Paint Brochure

Contact your local sheriff’s office before moving explosive or shock-sensitive materials. They will accept dangerous materials for safe disposal. This includes unwanted ammunition, road flares, and fireworks.

Eco-Cycle’s CHaRM (Center for Hard to Recycle Materials) accepts fire extinguishers.

303-444-6634

6400 Arapahoe Rd, Boulder, CO 80301

  • Dispose of in trash

Dispose of with regular trash:

  • Food
  • Dried-out latex paint
  • Car parts
  • Scrap metal
  • Styrofoam
  • Grout and cement
  • Halogen, LED and incandescent bulbs

Find resources for disposal of expired and unwanted prescription drugs at Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) or FDA’s website Using Medicine Safely.

For information on proper disposal of controlled substances or other drop-off options, call the Partners for a Clean Environment (PACE) Hotline at 303-786-7223

Boulder County’s Hazardous Materials Management Facility does NOT accept propane cylinders larger than one pound (camping size). Contact local gas supply companies. Many accept these for free or a nominal fee.

Call the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment, Radiation Control Division.

303-692-3300

  • Households can dispose of smoke detectors with their regular trash.
  • Businesses should use hazardous waste disposal contractors.
  • Some manufacturers of these units also offer take-back programs, so contact them for more information.

Contact Us

Hazardous Materials Management Facility

720-564-2251
Submit a question

Location

West of Boulder County Recycling Center
1901 63rd St
Boulder, CO 80301
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Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Wed-Sat.
Tues: Business Waste By Appointment ONLY