Household Hazardous Waste

What is Household Hazardous Waste

Certain materials are classified as household hazardous waste.  These include materials such as motor oil, paints, pesticides, household chemicals, and fertilizers.  These materials are extremely dangerous to the environment and cannot be placed in your regular trash receptacles.  For information on disposing of  these materials please call Virgin Valley Disposal.

Even though many of these products can be purchased at your local store, they can still be harmful to you, your family and the environment.  To identify these products, check the label on the container for keywords, such as…

DANGER

OXIDIZER

WARNING

IRRITANT

CORROSIVE

HARMFUL

FLAMMABLE

FATAL

EXPLOSIVE

POISON

Household Hazardous Waste includes:

  • Anti-Freeze

  • Automobile fluids

  • Batteries (Single-use & rechargeable)

  • Car batteries

  • Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs

  • Chemicals

  • Fertilizers

  • Fluorescent tubes 

  • Household Cleaners

  • Mercury Thermometers

  • Motor Oil

  • Oil filters

  • Paint & Paint-related products

  • Propane Cylinders

  • Personal Care Products

  • Pesticide

It is illegal to dispose of House Hold Hazardous Waste in your garbage or recycling container.  It must be taken to a licensed facility for treatment and recycling.

Disposing of household hazardous waste in your trash or dumping them down the storm drains or into sewer and septic systems can be dangerous to your health, the health of others and the environment.  Thrown into your trash can, they can pose a threat to refuse collectors, workers and others.  Dumped onto the ground or street, these type of materials can be consumed by pets which can lead to death or serious harm

Where can I take my Household Hazardous Waste?

  • Residents can take your Household Hazardous Waste to the City of Mesquites Landfill.  Please notify the gatekeeper of your waste and it will be stored in a secured area until it can be transported to a licensed facility.  This service is free for residential customers on the 90 gallon system!!!

  • Commercial customers need to take their Household Hazardous Waste to any licensed facility.  One we would suggest is H2O Environmental (LV) in Las Vegas.

How to reduce and help the accumulation of Household Hazardous Waste:

  • Only buy what you can use.

  • Share leftovers with friends, neighbors, etc.

  • Recycle used motor oil, antifreeze, car batteries, and paints.

  • Buy safer alternatives to hazardous household products.

  • Follow label directions.

  • Store unused products in a safe, dry, cool place.