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ATTENTION

LATEX PAINT IS NOT ACCEPTED AS IT IS NON-TOXIC
PLEASE DISPOSE OF LATEX PAINT IN YOUR TRASH RECEPTICLE ONCE COMPLETELY DRY

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility

The Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility allows City and Hamilton County residents to dispose of common hazardous materials generated within their residence the second Saturday of every month.  Trained staff are on site and ready to unload all acceptable household hazardous materials.  All of the items collected are properly managed to be either reused, recycled, or disposed of in compliance with all federal, state, and local laws.

Location & Phone Number
3925 North Hawthorne Street
Chattanooga, TN 37406 (map)

Hours of Operation
Open the second Saturday of each month
8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.

Common Items Accepted  
Adhesives Oil based paint
Air conditioning refrigerants Oven cleaners
Carburetor cleaners Paint remover/thinner
Compact fuorescent tubes Pesticides
Computers Propane tanks or bottles
Drain openers Small electronics
Dry cell batteries Smoke detectors
Fire extinguishers Starter fluids
Fungicides Thermostats
Grease & rust solvents Wet cell batteries
Herbicides Wood & metal cleaners
Insecticides Wood preservatives
Motor Oil & vehicle fluids  
   
Items NOT Accepted  
Ammunition Medical waste
Biological Waste Radioactive waste
Commercial hazardous waste Unidentifiable waste
Explosives Yard waste
Latex Paint  


This facility accepts only residential hazardous materials. Businesses must contact a commercial hazardous waste collection hauler for proper disposal.
Commercial Hazardous Waste

Reduce Waste
This facility helps to keep household hazardous waste out of the normal waste stream where it is harmful to the environment. Household hazardous waste includes many items used to keep homes clean and lawns maintained.
One way to reduce the amount of household hazardous waste generated is to use all of the material. This means buying only the amount needed to do the job. If materials are left over, ask a friend, neighbor, or community organization if they need it before disposing. This may save a trip to the household hazardous waste facility and may help others.

Household Hazardous Waste

Toxic & Poisonous - Capable of causing injury or death through ingestion, inhalation, or skin absorption.
Corrosive - Can eat away materials and living tissue by chemical reaction.
Reactive - Can react with air, water, or other substances and result in explosions or toxic fumes.
Flammable & Combustible - Can undergo spontaneous combustion at relatively low temperature thereby presenting a significant fire hazard.

Storing and Transporting

Store materials in dry and well ventilated areas. Keep away from children, pets, food, and heat sources. Keep products sealed and in original containers. Always store materials upright to avoid spills. Clean spills immediately.
When transporting materials for disposal, place leaking containers in a sturdy, sealed container (5 gallon max) packed with an absorbent material such as cat litter or crumpled newspaper. A heavy duty plastic bag may also be used.
Materials should be transported in the vehicle's trunk in case of spills. Secure containers so they are upright and immobile.

Funded by an agreement with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation and the City of Chattanooga.

PRESCRIPTION DRUG DROP BOX LOCATIONS

3204 Amnicola Highway @ Chattanooga Police Department, Property and Evidence Room.
Access 24 hours. Contact (423) 643-5153 for details. (Expected availability November 1, 2013)

6233 Dayton Blvd @ Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, West Sector. Available October 28, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
8395 Hickory Valley Rd @ Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, East Sector. Available October 28, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

 

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Call 3-1-1 to request information about solid waste and recycling collection and disposal services.

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