Household Hazardous Waste
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The Household Hazardous Waste Facility provides citizens of Walla Walla County a way to properly manage their household hazardous waste. Examples of household hazardous waste include: paint, pesticides, and motor oil. If you have a question about what the HHW Facility will accept, please refer to the specific lists below or give us a call.
This waste, if improperly disposed of - such as thrown in the trash, poured in storm drains, sewers, or on the ground -could contaminate streams or creeks, expose children and pets to dangerous materials or poisons, and harm the environment.
Poison Prevention Week is March 20 - 26
Poison Prevention Week focuses on educating the public about the potential for accidental poisoning from chemicals that are commonly found in homes. More than 2 million poisonings are reported to poison centers in the United States each year with more than half of the reported cases being children under 6 years old. More information on Poison Prevention Week can be found at www.poisonprevention.org.
LightRecycle Offers Free Disposal of Mercury Containing Lights
A new program designed to collect and properly dispose and recycle mercury containing lights went into effect on January 1, 2015. The Sudbury HHW facility is participating in this program as well as Batteries+Bulbs. Please see the LightRecycle website for program details.
E-Cycle Washington Offers Free Disposal of Select Electronics
Do you have old electronic devices that you'd like to recycle? Remember that Washington State offers free recycling of old televisions, computers, monitors, laptops, e-readers, and portable DVD players. Check the E-Cycle Washington webpage for free recycling locations in Walla Walla County. (Please note: the Sudbury Landfill HHW Facility does not participate in E-Cycle and charges for disposal of electronics).
Christmas is right around the corner and with gifts come lots of batteries. What should you do with all those batteries when they are dead? The HHW facility will accept batteries from households free of charge. So when those toys and gadgets need new batteries, remember to properly dispose of your batteries by bringing them to the HHW facility. When certain types of batteries are disposed of in the garbage they can potentially cause a fire in a garbage truck or in the landfill when they are crushed.
Facility Use Guidelines
- Residentially generated items only; no business related waste (other than LightRecycle eligible lights)
- Must provide proof of residency for Walla Walla County
- Items must be in original or labeled, sealed, and leak-proof containers no bigger than 5 gallons in size
- Inform attendant of any unknown materials
- Do not mix items together
- No smoking allowed
- Remain in vehicle until attendant arrives
- Pets and children should remain at home or in vehicle at all times
- Place sharps in a red biomedical container or puncture-resistant and labeled hard plastic container (empty bleach or laundry detergent bottles work good for this)
- Motor Oil
- Paint – latex, oil, aerosol cans
- Glues and other adhesives
- Pool and spa chemicals
- Household Batteries – alkaline, NiCad,
- Lithium Ion rechargeables
- Automotive Batteries
- Pesticides, Herbicides
- Household Cleaners
- Fluorescent lights (tube and compact/spiral types)
- Medical sharps/syringes
Download Disposal Guide Brochure
Fee Based Disposal (Current rates here)
Freon containing items: refrigerators, freezers, and air conditioners.
Electronics: computers, televisions
- Smoke detectors
- Asbestos (accepted as a solid waste for disposal at Sudbury Landfill for a fee)
Note: While the above items are not accepted at our HHW facility, they still require special handling for safe disposal. Please contact your local law enforcement agency for information on disposal of ammunition or explosives. Contact the manufacturer of your smoke detector for additional information on the safe disposal of this product. Asbestos must be properly bagged as a hazardous material before disposal at Sudbury Landfill. You should contact a professional abatement contractor for assistance in removal and disposal of asbestos containing material.
Proper disposal of medications is also important, but not offered at the HHW facility. Please contact your local law enforcement agency to inquire about sponsored take-back events. Never flush unused medications down the drain or toilet as it can impact the ability of the Wastewater Treatment Plant to properly treat sewage. Here are some more tips on how to properly dispose of medications.
Less Toxic Alternatives
Proper management of household hazardous waste begins by eliminating many of those toxic products to begin with. Looking for safer cleaning products for your home? Here are some great recipes for creating your own cleaning products that are safer and cheaper.
Non-Residential Moderate Risk Waste Disposal
The HHW facility does not accept materials from businesses (other than eligible lights under the LightRecycle program outlined above). Businesses who qualify as Small Quantity Generators (SQGs) should refer to the Department of Ecology's website for resources to meet their specific moderate risk waste disposal needs.