Household Hazardous Waste
Household Hazardous Waste
- Call for an Appointment at 972-547-7385 or order a HHW pickup online.
- Household Hazardous Waste Collection (HHW) occurs on your regular trash and recycling collection day.
- For residents of McKinney, there is no additional fee for this service.
- Commercial waste will not be accepted at any time.
All Items must be labeled, either with the original label or with a permanent marker if the original label is missing, stating the brand name of the material and the name of the contents. If this is not done, the unlabeled container will not be collected. All flammable materials such as paint thinner or kerosene should be in their original container or a container approved for transporting flammable liquids.* Plastic jugs with a screw-top lid may be used for flammable liquids that do not exceed one gallon in volume. Remember, never mix chemicals!
- HHW should be kept in its original container and be clearly labeled
- Wear protective gloves when handling HHW and do not smoke, eat or drink around chemicals
- Place HHW in a cardboard box and put curbside on your regular trash collection day at least 4 feet from your trash and/or recycling totes
- Clearly label your cardboard box “HHW” and make sure chemicals do not spill, leak or mix.
Manage Household Hazardous Waste Properly
Call for an Appointment at 972-547-7385or order a HHW pickup online.
Most of the chemicals we use in our homes are considered hazardous and become waste when discarded. Americans generate 1.6 million tons of household hazardous waste annually; the average home can accumulate as much as 100 pounds. You can find HHW all over your home. Here are a few examples:
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol
- Nail polish remover
- Tub / Tile cleaners
- Automotive fluids
- Paints and thinners
- Pool chemicals
- Cleaning chemicals
- Drain cleaners
- Insect repellents
- Mercury thermometers
- Pet supplies
To identify HHW, look for these warning words on product labels:
- Automobile tires are not accepted - see: Do-it-Yourself Solid Waste Disposal
- Containers containing HHW are not returned - see: Automotive Fluid Disposal
- Containers larger than five gallons are not accepted
- Excessive quantities are considered commercial waste and are not accepted
- Limited to 50 pounds of HHW with a 10-gallon limit
- Limited to two automobile batteries
- Limited to two boxes, no larger than 24 inches by 30 inches
- Household Hazardous Waste is picked up by appointment only. Contact Solid Waste Services at 972-547-7385 or order a pickup online at least 24 to 48 hours prior to your regular residential trash / recycling collection day. Solid Waste Services will confirm your pickup by phone or email. After-hours messages will be processed as they are received on the next business day.
- Place all items in a cardboard box/boxes labeled HHW at the curb by 7 a.m. on your scheduled appointment day at least four feet from your residential trash / recycling receptacles.
- City staff will only collect and transport approved items on the assigned day.
- The city reserves the right to deny the collection of certain materials and/or substances, and is not responsible for spills that may occur prior to a city staff member’s arrival.
Items We Collect
Items We Do Not Collect