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Household Hazardous Waste
Leftover household products that contain corrosive, toxic, ignitable, or reactive ingredients are considered to be household hazardous waste (HHW). Products, such as oil-based paints, cleaners, oils, batteries, and pesticides, that contain potentially hazardous ingredients require special care when you dispose of them.

Improper disposal of HHW can include pouring them down the drain, on the ground, into storm sewers, or in some cases putting them out with the trash. The dangers of such disposal methods might not be immediately obvious, but improper disposal of these wastes can pollute the environment and pose a threat to human health.

Avondale, in partnership with the cities of Goodyear and Tolleson, hosts two HHW collection events per year typically in November and April.  

Below are typical HHW items and how to dispose of them.

 CFL lightbulb photo CFL Lightbulbs:  Compact Fluorescent LIghts (CFLs) can be taken to any Home Depot or ACE Hardware store for proper disposal.
 electronic recycling photo Electronics:  These items can be taken to your local recycling center or they can be placed in  your blue container for recycling 
 photo of paint cans Latex or Oil Paints: The best method of disposal for all types of paint is to "use it up, or pass it on." Give to a neighbor, schools or other non-profit organizations. Remember, empty paint cans or paint that has completely dried in the can is not hazardous and can be placed in your trash container. Oil-based paint is hazardous and must be disposed at a household hazardous waste disposal event.  Learn more about latex pain disposal.
 tire recycling photo Tires:  It is preferred that tires be left with the dealer.  Avondale residents can also take 5 tires to the City of Glendale Landfill at $3/tire.  Maricopa County Waste Disposal & Recycling Centers will accept up to 5 tires annually from county residents.
 rechargeable battery photo Rechargeable Batteries (Nickel-Cadmium or Lithium):  Batteries used in tools such as cordless drills, cordless phones or cell phones can be taken to any Lowe's or Home Depot for proper recycling.
 alkaline battery photo Alkaline Batteries:  These batteries have low toxicity which makes them safe to dispose in your black trash container.
 photo of motor oil can Motor Oil:  O'Reilly Auto Parts and AutoZone can dispose of your motor oil at no cost.
 photo of car battery Car Batteries:  Return these to a local recycling facility for possible cash.  O'Reilly Auto Parts and AutoZone will also take them at no charge.