Household Hazardous Waste

What is Household Hazardous Waste?

Leftover paint, pool chemicals, fertilizers, pesticides, automobile fluids, used oil and gasoline or any other product containing dangerous components should be considered "household hazardous waste."

How can I tell if a product is hazardous?

Read the label. All hazardous products must include a label that has the word "poison", "toxic", "warning", "danger and caution". These products are hazardous because they are:
  • Corrosive: Eats away materials and living tissue.
  • Flammable: Can be easily set on fire.
  • Reactive: Can create an explosion when exposed to heat, sudden shock, or pressure.
  • Toxic: Poisonous or lethal when ingested, inhaled, or touched.

Disposing of Hazardous Waste and Electronic Waste:

Broward County operates three Hazardous Waste Sites as well as three Electronic Waste Sites. The collection sites are open on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Acceptable Material:

Hollywood residents can drop off the following materials:

  • Paint thinners
  • Paint Strippers
  • Spot Removers
  • Pool Chemicals
  • Furniture Polish
  • Oil-based Paints
  • Oven & Drain Cleaners
  • Automotive Fluids (not oil)
  • Solvents
  • Gasoline
  • Fertilizers
  • Mercury
  • Pesticides
  • Fluorescent light bulbs (unbroken)

Only the above items will be accepted. Leave products sealed in original containers. Place in a cardboard box or plastic tray. Do not mix materials.

Why can't I just put these materials in with my garbage?

Household hazardous waste is improperly disposed of by individuals who pour waste down the drain or onto the ground, flush down a toilet, dump into storm sewers or by putting it out with the trash. The dangers of such disposal methods may not be immediately obvious, but certain types of household hazardous waste have the potential to cause physical injury to sanitation workers; contaminate septic tanks or wastewater treatment systems; poison the environment, and present hazards if left around the house.

For those reasons, Hollywood residents are encouraged to properly dispose of the hazardous waste generated in their household.

What about used motor oil and paint?

Every Saturday, Broward County residents may bring their used motor oil and paint to the Broward County South Trash Transfer Station located at 5601 W. Hallandale Beach Boulevard from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Accepted materials include:
  • Latex paint (one gallon size only)
  • Batteries (car, boat and button)
  • Used motor oil
  • Tires (a maximum of four per visit)

You must show two pieces of ID (driver's license and utility bill) to use the site.

Unacceptable Materials:

  • Commercial Waste
  • Yard Waste
  • Medical Waste
  • White Goods
  • Trash

For additional information, please contact Broward County Solid Waste and Recycling Services at 954.765.4999.