Accepted Household Hazardous Waste

The region's household hazardous waste facilities accept items that need special handling for safe disposal.


Items Accepted

  • Antifreeze and motor oil
  • Drain openers
  • Hobby chemicals
  • Cleaning products
  • Paint thinners
  • Pool and spa supplies
  • Batteries (alkaline, button, rechargeable and vehicle batteries)
  • Vehicle batteries
  • Oil-based paint
  • Pesticides
  • Propane tanks
  • Wood preservatives
  • Glues and adhesives
  • Fluorescent light bulbs and tubes (also accepted at many retail stores)
  • Mercury-containing thermometers and thermostats
  • Business hazardous waste (some restrictions apply)


Items Not Accepted

  • Asbestos
  • Medical wastes
  • Latex paint and latex stain
  • Needles, syringes and other sharps
  • Computers and laptops
  • TVs and VCRs
  • Ammunition, fireworks and explosives

Look up specific items on the Where Does It Go? Tool to find instructions about how to dispose of them.

Is an item hazardous?

  • Hazardous products are usually labeled with the words Danger, Poison, Caution, or Warning.
  • See the Hazardous Waste Management Program for information about determining which products are hazardous and how to use and dispose of these products safely.
  • You may also be able to contact the manufacturer for more health and safety information.


Public Utilities

Andrew Lee, General Manager and CEO
Address: 700 5th Avenue, Suite 4900, Seattle, WA, 98104
Mailing Address: PO Box 34018, Seattle, WA, 98124-5177
Phone: (206) 684-3000

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Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is comprised of three major direct-service providing utilities: the Water Utility, the Drainage and Wastewater Utility, and the Solid Waste Utility.