Household Hazardous Waste

When Can I Take HHW?

    Starting in April, HHW days at Alpha Ridge Landfill are Saturdays ONLY (April - November) from 8am to 4pm.


What are Household Hazardous Wastes (HHW's)?

    Many products we use in our homes and routinely throw away with our trash are considered HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTES. These products are similar to regulated hazardous wastes produced by business and industry. Products which are corrosive (such as acids and alkalis), flammable, reactive or toxic (poisonous) can be found in most homes, garages and workshops. These products pose risks if used, stored or disposed of improperly. Consider using less hazardous products instead.

    Printable HHW brochure

    Visit the EPA's HHW website

    Tip: Use white vinegar, salt and water for surface cleaning and baking soda as a toilet cleaner. Detox your home with these easy alternatives.


HHW Disposal - Please be Responsible!

    To dispose of household hazardous wastes property, bring your waste to the HHW drop-off area from April - November (Saturdays Only).

    Alpha Ridge Landfill
    Residents' Convenience Area
    8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    2350 Marriottsville Road
    Marriottsville, Maryland 21104

    Residents using the Household Hazardous Waste Program are required to show their drivers licenses as proof of residence in Howard County each time they enter the landfill.


YES... we will accept the following HHW's

  All Purpose Cleaner   Gasoline   Photography Chemicals  
  Batteries (rechargeable)     Herbicides   Rug Cleaners
  Bathroom Cleaners   Metal Polish   Rust Removers
  Brake Fluids   Mildew Removers   Scouring Powders
  Degreasers   Nail Polish Remover   Solvents
  Drain Cleaners   Oven Cleaners   Spot Removers
  Finishing Strippers   Paint*   Swimming Pool Chemicals
  Furniture Polish & Wax   Paint Thinners   Transmission Fluids
  Fungicides   Pesticides   Upholstery Cleaners
      Wood Preservatives
    * Usable latex paint that is collected at the Alpha Ridge Landfill will be donated to local non-profit organizations. Call 410-313-6444 if your organization wishes to receive donated paint. Tip: Air dry or solidify paint by adding kitty litter, wood chips, sawdust or a paint hardening agent. Once solidified, leave the lid off so the contractors can see that it's solid and set it out with your regular trash.

NO... we do NOT accept the following materials:

  Ammunition*      Dioxin      Kepones (an insecticide)  
  Asbestos   Explosives**   Medical waste
  Commercial waste       Fireworks**   PCB's
    Industrial waste       Radioactive materials***    

    * For ammunition, visit our WhatShouldIDoWith..? webpage.

    ** For explosives and fireworks, call the State Fire Marshall Office of Bomb Squad (Monday - Friday, 8am to 4pm) at 410-859-7152.

    *** For radioactive materials, call the State of Maryland, Department of the Environment, Office of Radiological Health at 410-537-3300.


What can I expect at the collection area?

    When arriving at the Residents' Convenience Area, you will be directed to the HHW drop off area and asked to move your items to one of the analyzing tables.

    On-site chemists will examine the materials. They may ask for your help in identifying any unknown or unlabeled materials that you have brought. Based on their analysis, they will determine the proper packaging for transport and disposal of the hazardous materials.


Helpful hints for transporting HHW safely

  • Bring materials in their original container or in a secure, clearly labeled, leak-proof container.
  • Make sure lids are tight.
  • Boxes with dividers make good packaging.
  • Group similar materials to make unloading easier.
  • If the container leaks, pack contents and container in a larger leak-proof package and use an absorbent material (such as cat litter) to soak up leaks.
  • DON'T mix different or unknown materials together in the same container.

Tip: Even green, natural cleaners can be hazardous. Please also dispose of these products responsibly.


How Can I Be A Responsible Consumer?

Buy Responsibly

  • Compare & read labels. Not all brands contain hazardous materials.
  • Only buy what you need. If you have some left over, share it with friends, neighbors or community groups. Remember that the large economy size ends up costing more when you don't use it all and must dispose leftovers.
  • Purchase non-toxic household cleaning products, or safer alternatives, whenever possible.
  • Use latex paint instead of oil-based paint. Check out this paint calculator.

Use Responsibly

  • Always read and follow all directions and precautions on labels.
  • Never mix products unless directed. Some products are chemically incompatible and may react to cause fumes, fires, or explosives.
  • Avoid contact with skin and eyes. Wear protective eyeglasses, gloves and clothing when handling hazardous materials.
  • Use products for their intended purpose.

Store Properly

  • Keep hazardous materials OUT OF CHILDREN'S AND PET'S REACH, in a dry, secure place.
  • Separate flammable, corrosive and poisonous products.
  • Keep hazardous products away from food and sources of heat or sparks.
  • Store materials in their original containers with the labels intact.

Dispose Properly

  • DON'T place hazardous wastes in trash cans or refuse containers. These wastes may injure collection personnel, contribute to groundwater contamination and damage collection containers or vehicles.
  • DON'T flush hazardous wastes down household drains or storm drains. These wastes can ruin septic fields, pollute ground water or pass through municipal treatment systems to surface waters. Chemicals in these products are harmful to our water and can injure people and animals.
  • DON'T dump or bury household wastes.
Proper care is essential when dealing with Household Hazardous Wastes.
Thank you for your cooperation!