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Household Hazardous Waste
Disposal Requirements
Use these tips to ensure proper disposal of household hazardous waste:

  • The safest way to dispose of household hazardous waste is to use the product until it is completely gone.
  • If you can’t finish the product, share with neighbors, friends or professionals who may have use for it.
  • Read product labels for specific disposal instructions. If stated, follow manufacture’s directions for proper disposal.
  • If not stated or if you are unsure about proper disposal of a product, contact the manufacturer or call the HHW Facility at 970-328-3463.
  • Recycle the material whenever possible. If not recyclable, bring it to the HHW/CESQG facility.

Eagle County residents may dispose of their household hazardous waste by bringing it to the HHW Facility. Anyone living in their own home, apartment or condominium may dispose of residential household waste at no charge up to 20 items.

A property manager, caretaker or landlord does not qualify for residential waste disposal. As an example, if a landlord brings paint or other waste products left behind by his former tenants, or the owners of the property he is managing, the landlord is required to fill out the CESQG Registration Form. For additional information please see the CESQG page. Homeowners are required to show proof of residency and must fill out a certification statement prior to, or at the time of, disposal.

Prescription drugs (non-controlled substances) and over-the-counter medicines will NOT be accepted at the HHW facility. Prescription and over-the-counter medications, including controlled substances, may be dropped off at the Rx Drop Box located at the Eagle County Sheriff's office (885 Chambers Avenue, Eagle CO) Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m at no cost. All personally identifiable information should be removed. There is no fee for this service. For more information call 970-328-8500.

Electronic waste (e-waste) can be recycled at the facility for a fee of 20 cents per pound for both residents and businesses.

Improper Disposal Risks

When household hazardous waste products are used, stored and disposed of according to manufacturer directions, they pose little or no hazard to people or the environment. However, improper use and disposal of these products endangers the health and safety of people and animals, pollutes neighborhoods and contaminates the environment.

If a household hazardous waste product is flushed down a toilet, sink or drain, it is transported though the sewage system to treatment plants that are not equipped to handle hazardous waste. At treatment plants, hazardous waste interferes with the biological treatment process and can contaminate the effluent that runs into the river and the bio-solids that can’t be reused as fertilizer. When hazardous waste is thrown out into the street, it goes into storm drains leading into waterways.

Where is Hazardous Waste Found?

Household hazardous waste is found in any typical household. These products are used in the home, garden, garage and hobby shop. Any product marked in the manner enumerated below should be considered a household hazardous product.

  • Caution
  • Keep out of reach of children
  • Danger
  • Poison
  • Hazardous
  • Flammable
  • Harmful or fatal if swallowed
  • Causes severe burns on contact
  • Do not use near heat or flame
  • Vapor harmful
  • Eye and Skin irritant
  • Use in a well ventilated area

Once you decide to discard these products, they become household hazardous wastes and need to be disposed in a safe manner.

Waste Accepted At The Hazardous Waste Facility

Lawn and garden products include insect sprays, fertilizers, weed killers, fungicide, herbicide and rodenticides. Paint and paint-related products include latex paint, oil-based paint, paint thinner, turpentine, paint strippers, rust removers, varnishes and stains. Household cleaners include ammonia and bleach-based cleaners, oven, drain, floor, tub, tile and toilet bowl cleaners. Automotive fluids and batteries include used motor oil and filters, gas fuel, diesel fuel, lead acid batteries, antifreeze, and brake and transmission fluid. Miscellaneous waste includes mercury thermostats, batteries, swimming pool chemicals, sharps and syringes.

When in doubt, please contact the HHW facility at 970-328-3463.

When hazardous waste is left around the house, it has the potential to injure children and pets. Since household hazardous waste is not regulated by any federal, state or local agency, it can be disposed of with regular trash without any penalty or liability. However, when thrown in with the regular trash, household hazardous waste can injure sanitation workers. It may end up in landfills not intended or permitted for those types of wastes. This can create hazardous leachate which can contaminate groundwater and surface water.

Sinkholes, cisterns and abandoned wells are linked directly to groundwater. Dumping hazardous waste in these depressions risks direct contamination of groundwater aquifers.

If dumped in a backyard or ditch hazardous waste can poison plants and wildlife, contaminate the soil, compromise the health of humans and animals contacting the soil, and filter through soil and groundwater. If the ground becomes over-saturated, the waste may run overland to the nearest waterway.
Electronic Waste Recycling
Beginning July 1, 2013, Senate Bill 12-133, also known as "Electronic Recycling Jobs Act," prohibits the disposal of electronic devices (e-waste) in Colorado landfills. Residents and businesses may recycle their old electronics at the Eagle County Household Hazardous Waste Facility, located at the landfill. Business electronic waste will be accepted if it is delivered in an acceptable manner (it is up to the discretion of the Solid Waste and Recycling department to determine if the waste is acceptable).  The cost to recycle e-waste is $.20 per pound. For any questions please call 970-328-3463.

Electronics that are banned from disposal include:

  • Computers and computer monitors
  • Televisions
  • Printers
  • Fax machines
  • DVD players and VCRs
  • Peripherals such as keyboards and mice
  • Radios and stereos
  • Video game consoles
  • Laptops and notebook computers
  • Ultrabooks, netbooks and tablets

Devices not included in the ban:

  • Appliances
  • Non-hazardous industrial or commercial devices
  • Motor vehicle components
  • Any type of telephone

Visit www.colorado.gov/cdphe/ewaste for more information.

Data Security

You are solely responsible for protecting personal information stored on the hard drive of computers or printers prior to recycling. Simply deleting files and reformatting the hard drive does not guarantee that all of your data will be destroyed. A better approach is to use special disk-wiping software designed to protect sensitive data. Another option is to remove your hard drive, either through a reputable vendor or by doing it yourself. You may destroy the hard drive by hammering a nail through it in several places or by deeply scratching the surface. Once you've secured your information, bring the drive to a professional recycler or to the HHW for disposal.
Hours of Operation
Household Hazardous Waste and VSQG Facility hours of operation

Monday through Friday - 8 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturdays (Residential Only) - 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Facility is closed Sundays and some holidays. VSQG customers may drop off waste Monday through Friday, but should call in advance. For more information, please call 970-328-3463.
Directions
The household hazardous waste facility is located two miles north of Wolcott (Exit #157), off Highway 131, at the Eagle County Landfill . Directions to the facility are as follows:

  1. Turn right from Highway 131 (just past the two mile marker) onto County Road 49 (Ute Creek Road)
  2. Follow road about a mile until it forks, then take the left fork
  3. When you pass the second gate, make a right
  4. You will see a sign for the household hazardous waste facility
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