HHW Facility

HHW Facility





You can dispose of Household Hazardous Waste at the Recycling Center.

The HHW Facility moved to the Recycling Center Located at 3326 Mitchell Road. Below you will find a list of materials that are accepted and not accepted at our facility.

Most household hazardous waste is not recycled. It is collected from our facility by Heritage Environmental Services. This company ensures that the waste is controlled in a safe way to prevent environmental contamination

Acceptable HHW Materials:

The Household Hazardous Waste Management program provides Lawrence County residents with an environmentally safe and convenient way to dispose of unwanted household hazardous products.  The wastes will be separated, packaged, and shipped off site for appropriate management through recycling, treatment, and disposal processes.

Household hazardous waste is accepted from residents only.

The following list contains the materials that the Lawrence County HHW Facility will accept:

  • Acids
  • Aerosols
  • Antifreeze
    • Must be clean, as drained from the vehicle
    • No rinse water or oil
  • Ballasts
  • Batteries: includes automobile, boat, alkaline, nickel-cadmium, button, and lithium
    • Store in vented non-metal container
    • Place rechargeable batteries in individual plastic bags
    • Place damaged batteries in individual plastic bags
  • Driveway Sealer
  • Household Cleaners
  • Mercury Containing Devices: includes thermometers with “silver bulbs,” non-electric thermostats, fluorescent bulbs, mercury switches, sump pumps, clothes washers, electric space heaters, ovens, clothes dryers, water heaters, furnaces, etc.
  • Oil (includes motor, hydraulic, and gear oil)
    • Must be clean, as drained from the vehicle
    • 5 gallon maximum per visit
    • Must be in a non-leak container
  • Oil Filters
  • Paints (visit our Paint Exchange Page)
  • Pesticides: includes fungicides, herbicides, insecticides, mothballs and flakes, and rodenticides
  • Pool Chemicals
  • Solvents
  • Stains


Unacceptable HHW materials:

Although these items may be considered household hazardous waste they are not accepted at the Lawrence County Solid Waste District’s HHW Facility for safety purposes.

The Lawrence County Solid Waste District HHW Facility does not accept household hazardous waste from commercial entities. For information about commercial HHW removal refer to the HHW Removal Contacts page.

The following list contains materials that the Lawrence County HHW Facility will not accept:

  • Ammunition
  • Asbestos: No products with any percentage of asbestos, acceptability at the discretion of the attendant on duty
  • Biological waste
  • Explosives
  • Firearms
  • Fireworks
  • Hospital Waste
  • Infectious Waste
  • Prescription Drugs
  • Propane tanks/Compressed Gas Cylinders
  • Radioactive Materials
  • Sharps (includes needles, syringes, lancets, etc.)
  • Smoke Detectors

 Information about the disposal of these unacceptable items can be found on the HHW Removal Contacts page within our site.

Paint Exchange Program

Do you have leftover paint that you don't want?  Could someone else use it? Or maybe you need paint for a project of your own!  Try the Solid Waste District's Paint Exchange!paint-cans

If latex or oil-based paint is in good condition, we will accept it and place it into our Paint Swap program. The Paint Swap Program provides residents with free paint that is in good condition.

If you would like to participate in our Paint Swap Program, stop by the Household Hazardous Waste facility at the Recycling Center...Simply ask the HHW Facility attendant if you can look at the paints that are available!

Safe Alternatives to Discarding Paint:

Water-based paints are paints that can be cleaned up with soap and water. These types of paint are considered a non-hazardous liquid that will solidify when the lids are removed and the paint is allowed to dry out. Once dry, the paint can be disposed of in the regular trash.

A quicker alternative for small quantities is to add kitty litter to the can and leave it open until completely dry. For larger quantities, use several sturdy plastic trash bags to line a box and alternate between paint layers and kitty litter layers. Then let it stand until it is dry.

HHW Removal Contacts

Please use the following contacts to properly dispose of materials that are not accepted at the HHW facility.

Ammunition and Firearms:

Bedford Police Department at (812) 275-3311

Lawrence County Sheriff Department at (812) 275-3316

Mitchell Police Department at (812) 849-2151


Consumer Product Safety Commission at 1-800-638-CPSC

For “removal” guidance - Indiana Department of Environmental Management: Office of Air Quality at 1-888-574-8150

For “disposal” guidance - Indiana Department of Environmental management: Office of Land Quality at 1-800-451-6027

Rumpke Landfill at (812) 966-2017 

Biological, Hospital, ad Infectious Wastes:

Your health care provider or pharmacy


Mercury Containing Devices:

Monroe County Solid Waste District at (812) 349-2848

Mullis Petroleum at (812) 275-5981

Onyx Environmental at 1-800-556-5267

Safety Kleen Corporation at 1-800-669-5242

Oil Products:

Mullis Petroleum at (812) 275-5981

Safety Kleen Corporation at (502) 368-0322

Trueblood Oil Recycling at 1-800-258-2823

Universal Oil at (812) 853-5279


Prescription Drugs:

Monroe County Solid Waste District at (812) 349-2848

Yellow Pages under “Medical Waste Clean Up, Disposal & Removal”

Your health care provider or pharmacy

Propane Tanks/Compressed Gas Cylinders:

AmeriGas at (812) 336-3931

Blue Flame LP GAS at (812) 279-6641

Ferrellgas at (812) 275-3375

Local exchange programs (check with retail outlets)

Monroe County Solid Waste District at (812) 349-2848

Yellow Pages under “Gas Propane”

Sharps (includes needles, syringes, lancets, etc.):

Coalition for Safe Community Needle Disposal at 1-800-643-1643

Monroe County Solid Waste District at (812) 349-2848

Sharps Compliance at 1-800-772-5657

Statewide Medical Services at 1-800-382-1453

White River Lodge Nursing Home at (812) 275-7006 (small quantities only and PLEASE CALL AHEAD)

Your health care provider or pharmacy

Smoke Detectors:

Ionizing Smoke Detectors: Return to the manufacturer

Photoelectric Smoke Detectors: Dispose of in the garbage


How can I tell if a product is hazardous?

Read the label!

Look for the words poison, danger, warning, or caution on the product label.

  • Poison and danger indicate the highest hazard levels.
    • Poison means that a product is highly toxic and can cause injury or death if ingested, inhaled, or absorbed through the skin.
    • Danger means that a product is highly toxic, flammable, or corrosive. Look for the word “danger” on cleaners, polishes, paint strippers, and pesticides. These products could poison you, cause damage to your skin or eyes, or easily cause fire.
  • Warning and caution both indicate that a product is toxic, corrosive, reactive, or flammable.
  • Products that don’t have any of these words on the label are least hazardous.


A hazardous product has at least one of the following properties:

  • Toxic
    • Poisonous or causes long-term illness
    • Includes pesticides, paint thinners, many automotive products, and some cleaners
    • Look for the phrases “Harmful or fatal if swallowed” and “Use only in a well-ventilated area”
  • Flammable
    • Burns easily
    • Includes paint thinners, other solvents, and most automotive products
    • Look for phrases like “Do not use near heat or flame” and “Do not smoke while using this product”
  • Corrosive
    • Eats through materials
    • Includes oven cleaners, drain cleaners, toilet bowl cleaners, and automotive batteries
    • Look for phrases like “Causes severe burns on contact” and “Can burn eyes, skin, and throat”
  • Reactive
    • Can spontaneously ignite or create poisonous vapors when mixed with other products or can explode when exposed to heat, air, or water.