Hazardous Waste Solutions

What is Hazardous Waste?

Unwanted household products labeled as flammable, toxic, corrosive, or reactive are household hazardous wastes (HHW). All hazardous products must include a signal word — DANGER, WARNING or CAUTION — on the label.
Hazardous products contain chemicals that are:

  • Flammable or combustible: can be set on fire easily.
  • Explosive or reactive: can detonate or explode through exposure to heat, sudden shock, or pressure.
  • Corrosive: can destroy and cause burns to the skin and other living tissues.
  • Toxic or poison: capable of causing injury or death through ingestion, inhalation, absorption or injection.
  • Acids
  • Adhesives and glues
  • Aerosol cans
  • Ammonia
  • Antifreeze
  • Art and hobby paints
  • Asphalt and roofing tar
  • Batteries, household, dry cell or lead acid
  • Bleach
  • Brake fluid
  • Capacitors
  • Caulk
  • Car wax and cleaners
  • Charcoal lighter fluid
  • CFCs and HCFCs
  • Disinfectants
  • Drain opener
  • Fabric dyes
  • Fertilizer
  • Fingernail polish and remover
  • Flea collars
  • Fluorescent lights
  • Furniture polish and wax
  • Gas cylinders (up to 5 lbs.)
  • Gasoline
  • Herbicides
  • Insecticide and insect repellant
  • Kerosene and fuel oils
  • Lead
  • Lighter fluid
  • Lubricating oils
  • Mercury
  • Mothballs
  • Motor oil
  • Organic solvents
  • Oven cleaner
  • Paint: solvent- or water-based
  • Paint strippers: alkaline-, solvent- or water-based
  • Pesticides
  • Pet spray and dip
  • Photographic chemicals
  • Pool and spa chemicals
  • Rat and mouse poison
  • Septic tank cleaners
  • Shoe polish
  • Solvents
  • Spot removers
  • Toilet bowl cleaner
  • Transmission fluid
  • Tub and tile cleaner
  • Unknown substances
  • Varnish
  • Windshield wiper fluid
  • Wood preservatives
  • Wood stain

A typical home can contain a vast array of household hazardous products used for cleaning, painting, beautifying and disinfecting the house, yard, workshop and garage. Chemical-based household products from a single home may seem insignificant; but when millions of homes across the Kansas City metro area use similar products, the combined effect becomes a major problem when they are handled, stored and disposed of improperly.

The health and safety of people and animals, as well as the health of our communities and the environment is endangered when these types of products are discarded in household garbage, sinks or storm drains.

Contact one of the following facilities to find out what they accept and their hours of operation.

Kansas City, Missouri Facility
4707 Deramus
Kansas City, MO

Lee's Summit Facility
2101 SE Hamblen Road
Lee’s Summit, MO.

Wyandotte County Facility
2443 S. 88th St.

Douglas and Sarpy Counties
4001 South 120th Street
Omaha, NE 68137

Olathe, Kansas Facility
1420 S. Robinson

Johnson County, Kansas Facility
Mission, KS

Leavenworth County, Kansas Facility
24967 136th St., Leavenworth, KS

Miami County, Kansas Facility
327th St. and Hospital Dr.