Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection

Visit the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Program Calendar for information on event dates and operating days.

Pinellas County Solid Waste’s Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Program diverts household hazardous waste from the municipal solid waste stream for proper recycling and disposal. The HHW Program currently collects chemicals through the following programs for free:

This collection program is for Pinellas County households only.
Businesses, hobbyists, haulers, and nonprofits should visit the Business Collection Events page.


What to Bring – Chemicals

What To Bring
Chemicals*
*Commercial or industrial grade materials are not accepted. Material limits are per vehicle per day.
  • Automotive Products
    • Oil and Antifreeze (limit: 5 gallons)
  • Gasoline and Diesel (limit: 2 five-gallon DOT containers, no tanks)
  • Household Chemicals
    • Adhesives/Epoxies, Aerosols, Cleaners 
  • Lawn and Garden Chemicals 
    • Pesticides, Herbicides, Fertilizers, Cleaners
  • Mercury-Containing Devices
    • Thermometers, Thermostats, Fluorescent Bulbs (limit: 12) 
  • Paint Products
    • Paints, Stains, Solvents (limit: 20 one-gallon, 5 five-gallon)
  • Pool and Spa Products
    • Chlorine, Muriatic Acid, Cleaners, Clarifiers  
  • Signal Flares
    • Marine, Road
  • Rechargeable Batteries
    • Nickel-Metal Hydride (i.e., electric toothbrushes, razors, cameras, cellphones)
    • Nickel Cadmium (i.e., cordless phones)
    • Small Sealed Lead Acid
    • Lithium Ion (i.e., cellphones, laptops, tablets, power tools, toys)
  • Non-Rechargeable, Single-Use Batteries 
    • Lithium
    • Zinc-Air (i.e., hearing aid batteries)
    • Zinc-Chloride
    • Mercury (i.e., watches, hearing aids)
    • Lithium Manganese (LR) Button Batteries
    • Silver Oxide (SR) Button Batteries 
  • Items with rechargeable batteries that cannot be removed

Customers with quantities in excess of the limits above will be referred to the Business Collection Events for service. Loads will be evaluated upon arrival. Visit the Business Collection Events page for more information.

Not seeing one of your items in the list above? Use our Where Does It Go? Search Tool to find out where to get rid of your items.

What Not to Bring

What Not To Bring
  • Electronics
    • Computer Monitors, TVs, Other Electronics (that plug into the wall for power) 
  • Appliances
    • Microwaves, Toasters, Vacuums, Other Appliances (that plug into the wall for power) 

Use the Where Does It Go? Search Tool to find local resources for reuse, recycling, and disposal. To be directed to the proper information, first select “For Homes” or “For Businesses.”

How to Package Chemicals

When you are getting ready to drop off your household chemicals at the HHW Center or a Household Chemical Collection Event, please package them as follows to help keep you and our staff safe and to minimize spills:

Do:

  • Place containers in a box or tray and use crumpled newspaper as packing material to prevent breakage.
  • Place leaking containers in a clear, sealed bag; then in a box or tray.
  • Place chemicals in trunk or truck bed, away from passengers.

Do not:

  • Mix chemicals together.
  • Put containers in a bag, unless leaking.

HHW Center

Residents are invited to drop off certain household chemical items for free. See the table above for accepted items. When using the HHW Center, your government-issued ID will be required and scanned to verify residency.

Open Tuesday through Friday and the first & third Saturdays only
7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
2855 109th Ave. N., St. Petersburg

Swap Shop

The Swap Shop, which is located at the HHW Center, is a reuse program for household chemical products, such as paint, cleaners, and automotive fluids. It is free for Pinellas County residents. Availability can change by the minute, and quantities may be limited. Despite the name, there is no need to swap. When using the Swap Shop, your government-issued ID will be required and scanned to verify residency.

Capacity is limited to 3 customers at a time.

Customer utilizing the Swap Shop
Open Tuesday through Friday and the first & third Saturdays only
7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Household Chemical Collection Events and Schedule

Household Chemical Collection Events are held throughout Pinellas County on select Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Collections may be delayed or canceled due to inclement weather.

Customers must stay in their vehicle. Items must be placed in the trunk, truck bed, or trailer to allow staff safe access.

When using the Household Chemical Collection Events, your government-issued ID will be required and scanned to verify residency.

2024 Countywide Collection Events (subject to change)

Date Facility Location Event Time Available To
Mar. 2 East Lake High School 1300 Silver Eagle Dr. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. All Pinellas County residents.
Apr. 6 49th Street Neighborhood Center 1617 49th St. S. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. City of Gulfport residents only. For more information, contact the city at: (727) 893-1089.

Monthly North County Collection Events

Jan. 13 Apr. 13 July 27 Oct. 26
 
(behind the Pinellas County Government Center, south of Curlew Road)
Jan. 27 Apr. 27 Aug. 10 Nov. 23
Feb. 10 May 11 Aug. 24 Dec. 14
Feb. 24 June 8 Sept. 14
Mar. 9 June 22 Sept. 28
Mar. 23 July 13 Oct. 12

Household Chemical Collection Event Experience

A household chemical collection event is an easy and convenient way for residents to discard unwanted household chemicals.

At a household chemical collection event, staff will ask for your government-issued ID and about the items you have, then direct you to a drop off area, where staff will collect and separate the items for safe packaging and handling.

What to expect at a household chemical collection event:

Additional Resources

Have Questions?

We are happy to help! Call (727) 464-7500, email waste@pinellas.gov or click the Live Chat button below.

Updated on June 11, 2024.