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Household Hazardous Waste - Acceptable & Unacceptable Items

Acceptable Items

Automotive and Marine Products

  • Fuel and oil additives
  • Grease and rust solvents, naval jelly
  • Carburetor and fuel injector cleaners
  • Starter fluids
  • Body putty
  • Antifreeze / coolant
  • Gasoline

Home Maintenance / Improvement Products

  • Used strippers and thinners
  • Adhesives
  • Driveway sealant
  • Roofing tar
  • Wallpaper remover

Home Lawn and Garden Products

  • Pesticides
  • Fertilizers
  • Wood preservatives

Miscellaneous

  • Pool chemicals
  • Photo processing chemicals
  • Medicines / drugs
  • Aerosols / compressed gas
  • Mercury thermostats and thermometers
  • Fluorescent tubes
  • Compact fluorescent bulbs
  • Needles and sharps (in a puncture-proof container)

Unacceptable Items

Medical / Biological

  • Infectious wastes
  • Dead animals
  • Any waste from a doctor's office, clinic, or veternarian's office

Explosives / Ammunition

  • Fireworks
  • Military ordnance
  • Gun powder
  • Ammunition

Radioactives

  • Smoke detectors
  • Radium paint

Business / Institutional Waste

  • No businesses, large or small
  • No colleges or universities
  • No schools
  • No hospitals
  • No home improvement or painting contractors
  • No agribusiness

Miscellaneous

  • Empty containers of any kind
  • Automotive gas tanks
  • Alkaline batteries - may be thrown away in the trash
  • Electronics – contact your local Solid Waste Department for guidance
  • Paint – contact your local Solid Waste Department for guidance

Contacts

Bob Fletcher

615-532-9265
Bob.Fletcher@tn.gov