Household Hazardous Waste

East Gainesville FREE Hazardous Waste Collection Event on Saturday, October 2nd

Second Change Saturday! On October 2, 2021, residents are encouraged to bring their unwanted household hazardous waste materials (such as paint, chemicals, and electronics) and to a FREE drop-off in back of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Multipurpose Center in Gainesville. This one-day “Toxic Round-Up” event will take place from 9 AM to 1 PM and is open to all Gainesville and Alachua County residents. Participants should enter NE 13th Street off of NE 8th Avenue and head for the parking lot behind the MLK, Jr. Center. Event staff will be on-site to safely collect your materials.

various household hazardous waste items

 BRING - Accepted materials for drop-off:

  • Paints & Paint thinners (including aerosol spray paint cans)
  • Oil filters & Automotive fluids (oil, gasoline, brake fluid, radiator fluid, etc.)
  • Computers, TVs & Electronics (small appliances such as microwaves are okay)
  • Solvents, Corrosives, Pool chemicals & Household cleaners
  • Insecticides, Herbicides, Pesticides & Poisons
  • Batteries (all types: car, rechargeable, alkaline, button)
  • Fluorescent lamps, CFL light bulbs & Christmas Lights
  • Sharps (syringes, needles, lancets, etc.)
  • Pharmaceuticals (pills, medicines) & OTC Meds
  • Roof tar and Driveway sealer
  • Fertilizers, Used cooking oil, Propane tanks, and Thermostats

DON’T BRING - Materials NOT accepted:
  • ❌ A/C units & Large appliances
  • ❌ Tires, Construction debris, Pallets, Pressure treated wood
  • ❌ Recyclables, Scrap metal, Yard waste, or Household Garbage

Managing Your Household Hazardous Waste

toxic logoMany household items may be harmful to you, your family, animals, and the environment if disposed of improperly. Never put hazardous waste in your trash, leave curbside for collection or pour down the drain or storm sewer.

Landfilling the following materials is prohibited in the State of Florida:

  • Car batteries
  • Fluorescent bulbs
  • Liquid waste
  • Medical waste
  • Mercury
  • Motor oil
  • NiCad batteries
  • Tires
  • White goods (Appliances)
  • Yard waste

Household Hazardous Waste Disposal & Recycling Facilities

For the proper disposal and recycling of household hazardous waste, residents in the City of Gainesville should take these materials to one of the Alachua County facilities that are equipped and trained to manage this type of material. For more information visit online at Alachua County’s Hazardous Waste Collection or call (352) 334-0440.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center

Rural Collection Centers

List of Accepted HHW Materials

Pharmaceutical Waste Collection Program