How to Handle Your Household Hazardous Waste While Spring Cleaning

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - Spring is here and that means it is time for spring cleaning. But not everything you may want to toss out should go in the trash can. In fact, much of what we store in our closets, under our sinks and in our garages is considered hazardous and should not go into a landfill.

St. Louis County is part of a partnership with St. Louis City and Jefferson County and operates two household hazardous waste drop-off disposal sites.

The newest location is located at 4600 Seven Hills Drive in North County and is open every Wednesday and every other Saturday. The South County location is located off Lemay Ferry and is open Thursdays and Friday and on opposite Saturdays from the North County location.

While they do take most household hazardous materials, there are some things they cannot accept. Here is the list of both.


Paints* stains, varnishes, wood preservatives
Pesticides, herbicides, poisons
Solvents and strippers
Motor oil and filters
Gas cylinders (BBQ- pit size or smaller)
Fluorescent tubes
Batteries (rechargeable, car batteries)
Driveway sealant
Mercury-containing devices (thermometers, thermostats, salts)

Not Accepted

Explosives and ammunition
Radioactive waste
Smoke detectors
Medical and infectious waste
Prescription drugs and medications
Computers, televisions and other electronic devices
Tires, bulky wastes (furniture, carpeting)
Household trash

A program like this is not cheap. Much of the expense is covered by a mix of county dollars and a grant from the local solid waste management district. The rest is covered by a very nominal drop-off fee.

The first 50 pounds are free and then it will cost you a dollar for every pound in excess of 50.

They do require reservation and those can be made via their website.​

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