The safest and easiest way for residents to dispose of household hazardous waste is to bring it to the permanent collection facility hosted by Fairfax County (open every day of the week). Hazardous waste disposal is free of charge for all City residents.
Permanent Drop-Off Facility
The City's fee to dispose of residential refuse at the Fairfax County Transfer Station entitles City residents to use the permanent household hazardous waste facility operated by Fairfax County. Participation is free. Proof of residency may be required. The facility is open every day of the week. Visit Fairfax County's hazardous waste website or call 703-324-5068 (TTY 711) for current hours and accepted items.
Click here for a list of what is accepted at the collection.
All household hazardous waste collected through these processes is recycled or disposed according to local, state, and federal regulations.
What is Household Hazardous Waste?
Household hazardous waste refers to used or leftover contents of consumer products that contain materials with 1 of the 4 characteristics of a hazardous waste: toxic, ignitable, corrosive, or reactive.
Household hazardous wastes, such as cleaners, automotive fluids, herbicides, pesticides, oil-based paints, and thinners should not be disposed with regular trash. Learn more about common items that can be harmful to humans and the environment if thrown in the trash through the Northern Virginia Regional Commission's Know Toxics Program.
Reason for Special Disposal
Improper disposal of even a small amount of hazardous waste can have major adverse impacts on our air, water, and soil and may result in death or serious bodily injury.
Procedures for Packing & Transporting Household Hazardous Waste
Keep products in their original containers. Do not mix products.
Make sure lids are tightly sealed. Label materials that are not in their original containers.
Place leaking containers in a larger, plastic container with a tight-fitting lid.
Secure products upright in a cardboard box. Do not transport products in plastic bags.
Transport products in the back of a pickup truck or in a car trunk. Ensure adequate ventilation if transported in car passenger compartment.
Keep flammables out of direct sunlight and away from sources of heat, spark, flame or ignition. Do not smoke.
Common Disposal Misconceptions
The safest way to dispose of a propane tank is to return it to the place of purchase. Alternatively, tanks up to 20 pounds, such as those used on gas grills, may be recycled at the Fairfax County I-66 Transfer Station (4618 W. Ox Road) for a $3 fee. Tanks larger than 20 pounds must be returned to the place of purchase.
It is not accepted at the Recycling Center. The best way to dispose of it is at the Household Hazardous Waste events or at the Fairfax County I-66 Transfer Station (4618 W. Ox Road).
They are not accepted at the Recycling Center or Household Hazardous Waste events. The safest way to dispose of them is at the Recycling Extravaganza events or at the Fairfax County I-66 Transfer Station (4618 W. Ox Road).
Used Light Bulbs
They are not accepted at the Recycling Center. The safest way to dispose of them is at the Household Hazardous Waste events or the Fairfax County I-66 Transfer Station (4618 W. Ox Road).