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Household Hazardous Waste - Acceptable & Unacceptable Items

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Patrick J. Flood, P.E., Director
William R. Snodgrass Tennessee Tower
312 Rosa L Parks Ave, 14th Floor
Nashville, TN 37243
(615) 532-0780
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HHW Products

Acceptable Items

Automotive and Marine Products

  • oil and fuel additives
  • grease and rust solvents, naval jelly
  • carburetor and fuel injector cleaners
  • starter fluids
  • body putty
  • antifreeze / coolant
  • gasoline

Home Maintenance / Improvement Products

  • used strippers and thinners
  • adhesives
  • driveway sealant
  • roofing tar
  • wallpaper remover

Home Lawn and Garden Products

  • pesticides
  • fertilizers
  • wood preservatives

Miscellaneous

  • pool chemicals
  • photo processing chemicals
  • medicines / drugs
  • aerosols / compressed gas
  • mercury thermostats and thermometers
  • fluorescent tubes
  • compact fluorescent bulbs

Unacceptable Items

Medical / Biological

  • needles and sharps
  • infectious wastes
  • dead animals
  • any waste from a doctor's office, clinic, or veternarian's office

Explosives / Ammunition

  • fireworks
  • military ordnance
  • gun powder
  • ammunition

Radioactives

  • smoke detectors
  • radium paint

Business / Institutional Waste

  • no businesses, large or small
  • no colleges or universities
  • no schools
  • no hospitals
  • no home improvement or painting contractors
  • no agribusiness

Miscellaneous

  • empty containers of any kind
  • automotive gas tanks
  • alkaline batteries - may be thrown away in the trash
  • electronics – contact your local Solid Waste Department for guidance
  • paint – contact your local Solid Waste Department for guidance

 

For more information about Tennessee's Household Hazardous
Waste Program, Paula Mitchell at 615-532-9265.