What is Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)?
HHW is all the stuff that you want to get rid of that you just don't feel right about putting into the trash can or pouring down the sink. These are normally chemicals that you have purchased for your car, your lawn, and for painting or cleaning your home. Sometimes, these hazardous chemicals can be embedded in another product like a light bulb or battery.
Here's a partial listing of common HHW items found in your home and garage:
- Paint and Related Materials
- Brake Fluid
- Pool Chemicals
- Oven Cleaner
- Nail Polish
- Fluorescent Bulbs
- Deck Cleaner
Why should I care?
Federal law says that households are exempt from hazardous waste regulations, because they are impossible to enforce on 150 Million homes. This does NOT mean that these chemicals are harmless; in fact most of them are the very same chemicals used in industry which ARE regulated! They have the same impact on water and air of those chemicals used in factories, perhaps WORSE impacts because businesses are required to treat them and the amounts that are released is limited. Dumping down the drain is not the only problem; household chemicals which are thrown into the trash here in Cabarrus County are taken to a landfill in Concord. All landfills will eventually leak, and those chemicals will come back to you in your water and air.
What can I do with this stuff that's safer?
Bring it to Cabarrus County's Household Hazardous Waste Facility. There, these items will be reused, recycled, or properly disposed. We're in Concord at 246 General Services Drive, near the Animal Shelter.
When can I bring them?
We're open for HHW on the FIRST WEDNESDAY and THIRD SATURDAY of each month only for HHW. Wednesday hours at 8am to 4pm; Saturday 8am to 1pm. These are the hours that we're permitted by the State of NC and are restricted due to the safety precautions we're required to set up on those days.
Can I bring any other items on any other day?
Yes, we're also open Monday through Friday 8am to 5pm as a Recycling Convenience Center. We can take the following items any time we're open:
- Used Motor Oil and Oil Filters
- Any Battery
- Cooking Oil
- Mixed Paper
- Appliances and Scrap Metal
Is there a charge for any item?
NO, all our services are FREE to users.
I heard I can get FREE Paint. How do I do that?
We have a Swap Shop for recovered latex and spray paint. You do not need to bring paint to take paint; it's available to all Cabarrus County residents, institutions and businesses. Just call us to set up an appointment!