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Home Chemical Disposal

Did you know that many of the products that we use in our homes like oil-based paint, solvents, pesticides and pool chemicals are actually as hazardous as industrial chemicals? When these products are disposed of improperly, they can pollute our drinking water. Help protect Miami-Dade County's fragile environment by safely disposing of your household chemicals.

Disposal information and tips

Battery Disposal
Batteries aid in powering devices needed in our businesses, schools and homes, but they eventually die out. Some batteries end up recycled while others need proper disposal due to environmental concerns arising.

Cooking Oil Disposal
Disposing of used cooking oil is an environmentally important task. There are several ways to safely reuse or dispose of it, but it should never be poured down the sink or toilet. Oil disposed of down the drain can pollute the water table and affect wildlife and the environment.

Fluorescent Light Bulbs
When it's time to dispose of them, make sure that you handle them properly. Fluorescents contain a small amount of mercury and can't be thrown out with the regular trash.

Gasoline Disposal
Gasoline is extremely flammable and is one of the most dangerous substances found in residential dwellings. Gasoline should never be poured down the drain, on the ground, or thrown in the trash. Improper storage and disposal can be a health, environmental and safety hazard.

Medication Disposal
Expired or unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications from households should never be disposed of by flushing them down the toilet or a drain.

Used Oil Disposal
The solution is easy -- don't discard used motor oil -- Recycle it! And it's easy to do! There are over 100 facilities in Miami-Dade County that accept and recycle used motor oil.

Sharps Disposal
To minimize the risk of improper disposal of syringes, needles, lancets and other sharp medical utensils, many Florida counties have implemented programs that provide accessible methods to dispose of this type of waste in a safe manner.

Proper delivery of home chemicals

Certain chemical products can be delivered to a Miami-Dade County Home Chemical Collection Center for proper disposal. When preparing to deliver a chemical product, remember:

  • Pack all containers upright in sturdy boxes.
  • Tighten lids and caps on all containers
  • Place leaking containers in a larger container, along with an absorbent material such as newspaper.
  • Make sure all containers are labeled. If the original label has fallen off, re-label it with the contents or any information you have, or label it "UNKNOWN CHEMICALS".

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