Hazardous, corrosive, toxic or ignitable wastes (including medical and hospital wastes, liquids, and sludge) cannot be accepted by landfills due to Federal and EPA regulations and are excluded from collection. Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO) provides free household hazardous waste (HHW) disposal services for Franklin County residents. The drop-off location is located at 645 E 8th Ave, Columbus, OH 43201 (at the corner of E 8th Ave and Essex Ave just south of the fairgrounds). The following are examples of items accepted: oil based paint, motor oil, spray paint, lighter fluid, propane tanks/cylinders, oxygen tanks, pool chemicals, bleach, household cleaners, fluorescent light bulbs (including compact fluorescent lightbulbs CFLs and ballasts), lawn chemicals, fertilizers, insecticides, antifreeze and batteries. Please note, asbestos, appliances, tires, ammunition, trash, needles, pharmaceuticals and medical waste are not accepted. SWACO will dispose of latex and water based paint for a fee. For a complete list of acceptable items, hours of operation and directions, visit the SWACO HHW website or call SWACO’s HHW drop-off facility at 614-294-1300.
HHW Mobile Collection Events (subject to change, please visit SWACO’s website for verification):