According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a hazardous material is one that falls under one or more of the following categories:
- Reactive or explosive when mixed with another substance
According to the EPA's definition, every American household contains many hazardous materials. Actually, an American household, on average, contains 3 to 10 gallons of substances that are considered to be hazardous. If not stored and disposed of correctly, these chemicals can poison our bodies, drinking water, and air. Disposing hazardous waste improperly can cause a myriad of problems. Explosions have occurred in sewers and garbage trucks because of improperly disposed of wastes. Also, corrosive wastes can slowly eat away at materials until they break and cause unknown harm. Poisonous wastes can cause cancer, birth defects, and harm the environment.
Do not dispose of household hazardous waste down the drain or by placing in your curbside garbage. Click below for Hillsborough County Drop-Off options.
The City has contracted with the Hillsborough County to allow City residents to take their household hazardous waste to multiple Hillsborough County locations.
Here’s what you need to know:
- You must present a driver’s license to access Hillsborough County collection sites;
- Includes use of the three HHW collections held on select Saturdays of the month (no electronics or paints accepted).
- Includes use of the four Community Collection Centers (CCCs) for paint and electronics ONLY, Monday through Saturday. Only residents that have the Solid Waste Assessment fee on their Property Tax bill may use the CCCs for disposal of other items.
City of Tampa residents are provided with year-round service at Hillsborough County collection facilities for the disposal of:
- Household Hazardous Waste
- Household Electronics and Paint
NOTE: Tampa residents can take advantage of this service for no additional charge by providing a valid driver's license as proof of City residency. (The City of Tampa no longer hosts an annual Household Chemical and Electronics Collection event.)