Household Hazardous Waste

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Household hazardous waste includes the following:
  • Corrosive products that burn the skin such as oven cleaners, bleach and auto batteries.
  • Reactive wastes that give off toxic gases such as chlorine.
  • Toxic household items including pesticides, herbicides and antifreeze.
  • Ignitable wastes including gasoline, turpentine, motor oil and other flammable materials.

These items should not be disposed of with your ordinary trash. 

The best method of managing household hazardous waste is to prevent its generation. Select the least toxic item to do the job and buy only the minimum amount necessary. An example of a less toxic cleaning product is a paste of baking soda and water for cleaning.  

Proper Disposal
Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) can be taken to a Wake County HHW Collection Center. See the list of acceptable material for the following HHW Collection Centers:

North Wake Solid Waste Management Facility
9307 Deponie Drive
Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

South Wake Solid Waste Management Facility

6130 Old Smithfield Road
Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Mercury-containing products
Options to recycle compact fluorescent lights.

Options to dispose of Mercury-containing thermometers.

Motor Oil and Filters
Town of Cary solid waste customers who need to dispose of used motor oil and filters can call (919) 469-4090 or submit a request to arrange a curbside pickup at no extra charge. 

Questions about hazardous waste? Call Wake County at (919) 856-7400.

Questions about garbage and recycling services? Call the the Town Pubic Works Department at (919) 469-4090.