Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility
Household Hazardous Wastes (HHW) are products that contain ingredients that are flammable, corrosive, combustible, toxic and/or reactive. HHWs include, but are not limited to:
- Used motor oil
- Automobile batteries
- Household rechargeable batteries
- Paint, thinners and solvents
- Fluorescent bulbs and compact fluorescent bulbs
- Pool chemicals
- Cleaning supplies
Household chemical and electronic waste from Polk County residents is accepted at no additional fee at the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility located at the North Central Landfill.
Businesses, commercial businesses, non-profit groups, or anyone other than residential households, are not eligible for this service and may contact our office at (863) 284-4319 ext. 242, or email MichaelFerguson@polk-county.net for information on commercial hazardous waste disposal options.
Upcoming Household Hazardous Waste & Electronics Disposal Events
|October 29, 2022||8 a.m. to noon||Bartow High School||1270 South Broadway, Bartow|
|December 3, 2022||8 a.m. to noon||Chain-O-Lakes S/W Complex||210 Cypress Gardens Blvd., Winter Haven|
For a list of accepted materials, view our Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility brochure.
Used Sharps Collection Program
Sharps are not accepted at the Household Hazardous Waste Facility. Please see the Used Sharps Collection Program Brochure for a list of sharp collection locations.
Small Business Disposal Program
- Be classified as a conditionally exempt small quantity generator (CESQG)
- Produce less than 220 pounds of hazardous waste monthly (about 25 gallons)
- Cannot have more than 2,200 pounds of hazardous waste on site (about five, 55-gallon drums)
- Please download the Small Business Disposal Program Brochure for more program details.
- For a list of accepted materials and prices, please see our Disposal Fee.
Container Sizes and Amounts
All containers must be in good condition and properly labeled with the contents. When necessary, hazardous wastes will be packaged into Department of Transportation approved containers at an extra cost.
Hazardous waste will be accepted in containers up to 5 gallons and no more than 1,000 pounds at one time. Call for containers over 5 gallons. Used oil will be accepted in containers up to 55 gallons and no more than 55 gallons at one time.
Registering for the Program
If your business is classified as a conditionally exempt small quantity generator of hazardous waste and would like to participate in this program, complete a HHW Small Business Registration Form and Inventory Sheet. Packets also can be requested by calling (863) 284-4319.
Return the completed forms to:
Polk County Waste & Recycling Division
Attn: HHW Collection for Small Businesses
10 Environmental Loop S.
Winter Haven, FL 33880
FAX: (863) 284-4321
Scheduling an Appointment
Appointments must be made in advance. They are scheduled Monday through Friday (except Wednesday). If a facility requires a site visit, the appointment will be made during that visit.
Delivery of Hazardous Waste/Payment
Transportation must be provided by the business. A CESQG is allowed under the law to transport their waste.
On appointed date/time, deliver waste to:
5 Environmental Loop S.
Winter Haven FL, 33880
(Follow the signs to the Household Hazardous Waste Facility)
Staff will inspect each container of waste, comparing it to your inventory sheet. A final disposal cost will be provided during this time. Payments must be made by cash, a local check or debit/credit card at the time of disposal.
A Hazardous Waste Disposal Receipt will be provided after payment for your records. Receipt will need to be retained for at least three years per Florida Administrative Code 62-730.030(3).
Additional reimbursements of disposal costs may occur if delivered waste dropped off was not what was represented by the business.