Household Hazardous Waste

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Chemicals, detergents, petroleum products, pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers are stormwater pollutants. Stormwater runoff enters storm drains during rain and discharges directly into the nearest body of water without any treatment to remove pollutants. This is unlike the sinks and toilets in your home that drain to a water reclamation plant for treatment. Responsible use and recycling of these wastes helps protect the quality of water sources for drinking and recreation.

Household hazardous waste

The City of Fort Worth’s award-winning regional collection programs help citizens of Fort Worth and participating cities dispose of household hazardous waste in a safe, responsible, no-hassle manner.

The ECC and mobile events allow residents to dispose or recycle many items.

What's accepted?

  • Automotive fluids
  • Batteries
  • Cleaners & chemicals
  • Cooking oil
  • Lawn/garden/pool chemicals
  • Light bulbs
  • Paint & painting supplies

What's not accepted?

Business, commercial and industrial waste cannot be accepted under Texas regulations.

Accepted waste quantities

  • Automotive fluids: 10 gallons
  • Cleaning chemicals: 10 gallons
  • Cooking oil: 10 gallons
  • Lawn/garden/pool chemicals: 20 gallons
  • Light bulbs: 20 bulbs
  • Paint and painting supplies: 30 gallons

More information

  • Fort Worth residents can call 817-392-1234 for information about solid waste, recycling, drop-off stations, and other disposal methods for items not accepted at the ECC.
  • Residents of other participating entities should contact their garbage/recycling programs for disposal information.
  • Time to Recycle and Earth911 is another resource for North Central Texas recycling options for residential, commercial and industrial customers.
  • The EPA offers information on a variety of non-hazardous materials recovered for recycling in the United States.
  • The TCEQ encourages consumers to take advantage of local electronics recycling opportunities. Texas consumers can learn how to recycle their computer equipment by visiting Texas Recycles Computers and their television equipment by visiting Texas Recycles TVs. For more information on the programs, contact the TCEQ’s Pollution Prevention and Education Section, 512-239-3143.

Educational Programs

Environmental Quality uses the cartoon team – Captain Crud and the Cruddies – to promote the safe disposal of hazardous waste and protection of the quality of Fort Worth’s water. Several lesson plans are available. Call 817-392-6647 for more information.