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  • Historic Courthouse - Bartow
  • Airboat Rides - Lake Wales
  • Highlands Reserve Golf Course - Davenport
  • Mulberry
  • Davidson Citrus Candy Factory - Dundee
  • Fantasy of Flight - Polk City
  • Fort Meade
  • Eagle Lake
  • Lake Morton - Lakeland
  • LEGOLAND Florida - Winter Haven
  • Eaglebrooke Golf Course - Lakeland
  • Southern Dunes Golf Course - Haines City
  • City Hall - Auburndale
  • Kissimmee State Park - Lake Wales
  • Lake Alfred
  • City Hall - Frostproof
  • Bok Tower Gardens - Lake Wales
  • Hillcrest Heights
  • Highland Park
  • Lake Hamilton

Household Hazardous Waste Services

Household Chemicals and Electronic Waste Collection Facility  

Household chemical and electronic waste from Polk County residents is accepted free of charge at the North Central Landfill. Businesses, commercial businesses, non-profit groups or anyone other than residential households are not eligible for this service. Contact Polk County Waste & Recycling Division directly at 863-284-4319 for information on commercial hazardous waste disposal options.

Location:  5 Environmental Loop S, Winter Haven, Fl 33880

Hours of OperationImage of Spray Bottles  

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 7:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. 

Facility is closed on Wednesday but residents can proceed to the Scale House for assistance.

Saturday 7:30 A.M.- 12:30 P.M. 

Closed Sundays and the following holidays

  • New Year's Day
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Memorial Day
  • July 4
  • Labor Day
  • Veteran's Day
  • Thanksgiving Day and Day After (Friday)
  • Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

 2013/14 Mobile Collection Events for Household Waste and Electronics

For more information, please contact Waste & Recycling Division at 863-284-4319.





      Bartow, FL 33830
      Winter Haven, FL 33880
March 8, 2014 9:00am-1:00pm Public Works Utilities 300 N 5th Street Haines City, FL 33844
April 5, 2014 9:00am-1:00pm Lakeland Center's South Parking Lot 701 W Lime Street Lakeland, FL 33803


Storage and Packing Guidelines

Items should be stored in their original container with content clearly labeled. Do not mix chemicals. Do not put hazardous materials in garbage cans or storm drains. Individual containers in poor condition should be placed in a plastic bucket or bag. All items should be packed in a plastic container or sturdy box.

Acceptable Hazardous Waste Items

Products that have words such as danger, warning, caution, poisonous, or flammable on the labels should be brought to the Hazardous Waste Collection Facility.

Paints & Stains

Fluorescent Lamps


Automotive Fluids


latex paints fluorescent tubes niCad  gasoline thermometers 
oil based paints ballasts lithium motor oil and filters thermostats
weather sealers   mercury antifreeze neon lights
wood preservers   metal hydride brake fluid  





Reactive Materials

pool chemicals paint thinners pesticides aerosol cans
battery acids kerosene herbicides pool chlorine
drain cleaners lighter fluids poisons strong fertilizers
acids & bases propane cylinders photographic wastes cyanides / sulfides
strong chemicals adhesives paint strippers water reactives 


Unacceptable Hazardous Waste Items

  • Ammunition
  • Asbestos (see landfill)
  • Fireworks / Explosives
  • Radioactive Materials
  • Biomedical/Infectious Wastes

Acceptable Electronic Waste Items from Households

(Only five items per household) 

  • Computer Components (no more than two complete units)
  • Monitor
  • CPU
  • Printer and Mouse
  • Televisions
  • Copiers
  • Fax Machines
  • Cell Phones & Rechargable Batteries

Paint Giveaway Program

A portion of paints collected by the Household Hazardous Waste Facility is in good, usable condition. This paint is free to County residents and is available on a "first come, first served" basis. To take advantage of this program visit the Household Hazardous Waste Facility during operating hours.

Used Sharps Collection Program


Used Sharps Collection Program Brochure

This program collects used needles and syringes. Please follow the recommended guidelines for disposing of used sharps.

  1. At the participating site, get your first sharps container or exchange your filled sharps container with a new one.
  2. Place syringes in the container immediately after use. Never snap-off the needle or recap it.
  3. Keep containers out of the reach of children.
  4. When making an exchange, always give the sharps container to authorized personnel. Never leave a sharps container unattended.
  5. Always make sure your sharps container is sealed properly. For safety reasons the exchanges sites have the right to refuse any improperly packaged boxes.

Used Sharps Collection Locations




Hours or Operation

Auburndale Auburndale Public Health Unit
1805 Hobbs Road.
(863) 965-5400
Monday - Friday, 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Bartow Bartow Fire Department/
110 East Church St.
(863) 534-5044
Any day, 7:00 A.M. - 9:00 P.M.
* If doors are closed, ring the bell
Bartow Environmental Health Unit
2090 E. Clower St.
(863) 519-8330
Monday - Friday, 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Haines City Haines City Health Department
1700 Baker Avenue E
(863) 421-3611
Monday - Friday, 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Lakeland Lakeland Public Health Unit
3241 Lakeland Hills Blvd.
(863) 413-2620
Monday - Friday, 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Lake Wales Lake Wales Public Health Unit
305 W. Central Avenue
(863) 678-4144
Monday - Friday, 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Winter Haven Winter Haven Laboratory Building
255 Avenue D, N.W.
(863) 291-5204
Monday - Friday, 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.

Have Questions ?

If you have questions, please call Polk County Waste & Recycling Division at 863-284-4319.

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