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Household Waste Management

bag of household chemical waste outside front door of home ready for pick upSafely Place Your Waste
If you’ve recently painted your house, changed your car’s oil, or spruced up your lawn, proper disposal of the related hazardous materials will keep your family and our community safe. Check out the local resources below.

Together, we can safeguard our families, protect water quality, conserve landfill space, and reduce illegal dumping.

Household Pickup for Hazardous Waste
In place of a one-time annual event, the Douglas County Health Department is partnering with Waste Management to provide Douglas County residents with a low-cost household service for hazardous waste removal year-round. Get details and sign up for your household pick-up at Waste Management’s websiteThe cost is $30 for Douglas County residents.

Safe Storage
It is important to read the product labels to safely store, use, and dispose of chemicals. When these chemicals are not used up entirely, they become household chemical waste. Find safe handling tips by visiting the EPA’s Household Hazardous Waste webpage.


Household Hazardous Waste Collection

Toxic household products can be harmful to pets, wildlife, sanitation workers, our health, and the environment if poured down the drain, toilet or storm sewer, or put in the trash. You can properly dispose of and recycle toxic products from your home with Douglas County’s Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program. Douglas County residents are eligible for one collection appointment per calendar year.

Please note a $30 co-payment is required from the resident for each appointment.

Accepted Items

  • Automotive fluids
  • Auto batteries
  • Chlorine bleach
  • Cleaners
  • Corrosive chemicals
  • Drain openers
  • Fluorescent bulbs
  • Fluorescent tubes
  • Fertilizers
  • Gasoline
  • Glue adhesives
  • Herbicides
  • Hobby chemicals
  • Household batteries
  • Insecticides
  • Latex paint
  • Mercury and Lead
  • Mercury thermometers
  • Mercury thermostats
  • Motor oils and used filters
  • Murlactic acid
  • Oil-based paints
  • Paint thinner
  • Pesticides
  • Polishes
  • Pool chemicals
  • Rust remover
  • Stains
  • Spray paint
  • Stripper
  • Varnishes
  • Waxes
  • Weed killer
  • Wood preservatives


Non-accepted items

The County’s Household Hazardous Waste Program cannot accept:

  • Asbestos (including linoleum tiles containing asbestos from older homes)
  • Explosives
  • Ammunition
  • Commercial Chemicals or Commercial Quantities (Business Waste)
  • Bio-Waste (Medical Waste)
  • Sharps (needles)

Due to the possible health risks associated with handling materials containing asbestos (such as linoleum tiles), please consult the Air Pollution Control Division Asbestos Unit to learn more about safe handling and disposal for asbestos. State of Colorado info on asbestos removal and disposal or 303-692-3150.

If you have any of these other materials listed and have questions about proper disposal methods for them, then please contact the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) Customer Technical Assistance Line 303-692-3320.

Schedule a Collection

Call 1-800-449-7587 or click here.

Prepare for Your Collection

Only one collection kit bag is provided per appointment, so it is important to prioritize your materials in order to maximize your collection. The collection kit is a large heavy-duty clear plastic bag that holds about 10 to 12 cans or bottles of material.

  1. Follow the instructions that come with your collection kit. Be sure to label your materials.
  2. Be sure the most toxic materials you have get into the collection kit bag. Pesticides, insecticides, acids, bases and corrosive chemicals are accepted in the hazardous waste program.
  3. Remove paint products, if space is not available in the collection kit bag. Most paint products can be recycled at no cost to you at one of the many sponsored PaintCare drop-off locations. To find the nearest drop-off site, use PaintCare’s online search tool at paintcare.org or call the PaintCare hotline at 1-855-724-6809.
  4. If you have more material than will fit in the bag, excess materials can be collected for an additional fee. Please call the HHW hotline at 1-800-449-7587 prior to your appointment to arrange the collection and payment of excess materials.
  5. Set out your collection bag by 7 a.m. on your scheduled appointment collection day and be sure to include the $30 co-payment if you did not pre-pay.

Recycling A - Z

Air Conditioners

Rocky Mountain Recycling
6510 Brighton Blvd.
Commerce City, CO 80022

Accepts all major appliances, and most small (non-plastic) appliances for recycling. Refrigerated units must be drained of all chlorofluorocarbon (CFCs) and tagged before delivery. Capacitors in the air conditioner must also be removed. Call for further information.


Clear Choice Antifreeze Recycling  303-227-9900
Call to find a drop-off location near you. Clear Choice Antifreeze is remanufactured from reclaimed antifreeze.


Bud’s Warehouse
4455 East 46th Avenue
Denver, CO 80216
Notes: A nonprofit organization that accepts usable and working building and renovation materials such as cabinets, appliances, tile, carpet, hardware, light fixtures, doors, windows, bathtubs, and sinks for reuse. Call for details or to arrange a free pick-up for your donation. 

3750 Dacoro Lane Suite 155
Castle Rock, CO 80109
Notes: Provides pickup for all major working appliances less than seven years old, including A/C units, swamp coolers, and water heaters. Certified to remove chlorofluorocarbon (CFCs). Call for fees and schedules. 

Front Range Recycling Services LLC
17255 East Wyoming Place
Aurora, CO 80017
Notes: Offers free pickup of metal goods including those that contain refrigerants. EPA certified to evacuate refrigerants at no additional cost. 

Reliable Appliance 
988 Dayton Street
Aurora, CO 80010
Notes: Accepts major kitchen and laundry appliances for refurbishing or recycling. Licensed to recycle freon. Drop off (free), or pick up is also available. Will also pay cash for late model appliances.

Habitat for Humanity ReStore Home Improvement Outlet
1640 S Abilene St.
Aurora, CO 80012s
Notes: Available for drop-off or pick up.  The pick-up service is free, but a donation is very helpful in offsetting transport costs.

Art Supplies & Hobby Items

Resource Area For Teaching (RAFT)
3827 Steele Street, Unit C
Denver, CO 80205
Notes: RAFT transforms surplus materials into hands-on learning activities for students. RAFT has a reputation for knowing what teachers need to create meaningful learning experiences that are filled with the joy of discovery. RAFT accepts donations during its regular business hours.

LAF Lines
Notes: Accepts crayons by mail and re-manufactures them into Crazy Crayons which are sold through their website. Call or visit the website for instructions.


Used batteries can be a fire hazard and contain toxic chemicals like lithium, cadmium, sulfuric acid and lead. Here are several options for proper disposal:

Interstate All Battery Center
5801 East County Line Place #2
Highlands Ranch, CO 80216Recycl
Accepts car batteries, rechargeable, and alkaline. Contact Interstate Battery Center with other questions and fees.

Batteries Plus
8202 S University Blvd.
Centennial, CO 80122
Accepts rechargeable batteries and lead-acid batteries. No fees for small quantities. Call for fees and details.

Batteries Plus
8601 W. Cross Drive
Littleton, CO 80123
Accepts rechargeable batteries and lead-acid batteries. No fees for small quantities. Call for fees and details.

Batteries Plus
11355 S. Parker Road
Parker, CO 80134
Accepts rechargeable batteries and lead-acid batteries.  Call for fees and details.


Carpets, Inc.
4975 Paris Street
Denver, CO 80239

Cooking Oil

Darling International Inc.
5701 York St.
Denver, CO 80216

Document Shredding

Keep your personal information safe by shredding documents. Contact your local UPS or Office Depot store to see if they offer document shredding services.

DVDs and Cases

Green Disk
Technotrash Pack-IT Service
1-800-305-DISK (3475)

Electronics Recycling

Douglas County residents may recycle their electronics for free and year-round through Dec. 30 at Techno Rescue, 3251 Lewiston St., Suite 10 in Aurora, Monday through Friday from a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and on one Saturday each month from 10 am. to 2 p.m. Learn more.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment also provides a map and list of services – click here for more information.

Blue Star Recyclers
953 Decatur Street
Denver, CO 80204

Best Buy Stores
Notes: Takes back electronics for a fee. Acceptable Tube TVs: 32 inches or less. Call your local store or visit the website for more information.

Electronic Recyclers International Inc.
3250 Abilene Street
Aurora, CO 80011
1-800-374-3473 (ERI-DIRECT)

Gone for Good
101 Kalamath Street
Denver, CO 80223
Notes: Hours are Monday-Saturday 9 am-5 pm. Available for pickup service or see the website for drop-off fees. 

Jolly Junk Removal – Denver South
53 Taylor Court
Castle Rock, CO 80104

Metech Recycling
500 W 53rd Pl
Denver, CO 80216

1865 W. Union Avenue, Unit Q
Sheridan, CO 80110


SustainAbility (Denver Location)
1270 Bannock Street
Denver, CO 80223

Techno Rescue
797 Peoria Street Unit #15
Aurora, CO 80011
Notes: Drop-off for most electronics is free. Pickup services are available for a charge. Call or visit the website for more details and fees. 

Techno Rescue
3251 Lewiston Street
Aurora, CO 80011
Notes: Disposal is free for Douglas County residents with proof of residency.

Fire Extingushers and Smoke Detectors

Curie Environmental Services

SustainAbility (Denver Location)
1270 Bannock Street
Denver, CO 80223
Notes: Accepts fire detectors for a fee.

Fire Extinguishers:

Cintas Fire Protection 
3745 E. 50th Ave.
Denver, CO 80216
Accepts fire extinguishers for recycling and recharging for a fee. Call first

Sentry Fire and Safety
1294 S. Inca St.
Denver, CO 80223
Recycles fire extinguishers-Fees apply.

Simplex Grinnell Fire Extinguishers
6240 Smith Rd.
Denver, CO 80207
Recharges fire extinguishers for a fee. There is no fee for recycling fire extinguishers if dropped off. Commercial customers call for pricing for recycling and pick-up.

Fluorescent Bulbs

Facility Solutions Group
5050 Osage Street
Denver, CO 20221
Notes: Light bulbs must be boxed. Fees apply for Florescent tubes and compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL).

Home Improvement Stores – Examples are Home Depot, Lowes, and Ace Hardware stores 
Notes: Look for the CFL bins at the front of the store. *Bulbs only, not tubes.




Fluorescent Tubes

Batteries Plus
8202 S University Blvd
Centennial, CO 80122
Notes: Do not accept 8-10ft bulbs. Fees apply.


Batteries Plus
994 S. Abilene St.
Aurora, CO 80012
Notes: Do not accept 8-10ft bulbs. Fees apply.


Batteries Plus
8601 W. Cross Dr.
Littleton, CO 80123
Notes: Do not accept 8ft-10ft bulbs. Fees apply.

Batteries Plus
11355 S. Parker Road
Parker, CO 80134
Notes: Do not accept 8ft-10ft bulbs. Fees apply.

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)

Clean Harbors 
Notes: Clean Harbors will pick up waste like 55-gallon drums. Contact Clean Harbors for fees and scheduling

Rooney Road
Notes: Only open by appointment. Visit the website or call to schedule an appointment in advance. Ask for a fee schedule.


9131 E. 96th Avenue
Henderson, CO 80640
Notes: Only open by appointment. Visit the website to schedule an appointment in advance. Priced per the weight of the materials.

Mattresses and Box Springs

Spring Back Colorado Inc.
3875 Steele Street
Denver, CO 80205
Notes: Spring Back Colorado recycles mattresses and box springs. Call for more information about dropping off at their location or to schedule a pick-up.


Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) – Medication Take-Back Program

Notes: Only select law enforcement agencies and Walgreens locations can accept medication/pharmaceutical waste. Please visit the CDPHE website to find a list of drop-off locations. Find more information about the proper disposal of medication from this Pharmaceutical Fact Sheet (PDF) or the CDPHE website.

Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Drug Take Back Program
Don’t flush it! Minor amounts of medication can enter the environment and contaminate our drinking water.

Motor Oil

Check with your local auto parts stores such as AutoZone, O’Reilly, Napa, etc.

Mercury and Mercury-Containing Devices

Colorado thermostat recycling program
Visit the website to find a drop-off location near you
Or see H for Household Hazardous Waste. 


Oil-based paints are flammable and cannot be thrown away or stored in a garage. Latex paint can be mixed with kitty litter, dried out, and disposed of with your regular trash. You may dispose of oil-based and latex paints at one of the following locations:

Paint stewardship Senate Bill 14-029 provides funding for paint drop-off locations in Colorado.

  • Less than 10 gallons: Visit the PaintCare website and type in your zip code to find the most current paint drop-off sites in your area.
  • Greater than 10 gallons: Call (720) 854-8722 to see if you qualify for a free pickup.

GreenSheen Paint
GreenSheen accepts both latex and oil-based paint. GreenSheen offers paint pickup for qualifying volumes. Visit the GreenSheen website to arrange paint pickup. Coloradans are welcome to drop off up to 100 gallons of paint at GreenSheen at no cost to the following location:

1055 South Jason Street
Denver, CO 80223
Monday-Friday, 8am – 4:30pm


AAA Propane
7405 W 44th Ave
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033


Metro Gas
790 W 64th Ave
Denver, CO 80221
Notes: $0.25/canister fee for cylinders up to 20lbs., $1.00/canister for larger cylinders



Colorado Medical Waste Inc.
3131 Oakland Street
Aurora, CO 80010
Notes: Sharps need to be contained in an HDPE #2 stamped plastic container with a lid securely closed (see the following pictures for examples of the #2 stamp and acceptable containers). Unused pharmaceuticals in sharps cannot be accepted. Sharps must be empty. Please dispose of unused liquid at one of these locations: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/colorado-medication-take-back-program

1(888) 641-6131
Notes: MedPro offers a compliant sharps and pharmaceutical mail-back service for residents throughout Colorado and meets all state and federal regulations.


Colorado Tire Recycling, LLC
5101 Columbine Street
Denver, CO 80216
Notes: Hours: Monday – Friday: 8 am-4:30 pm and Closed on Saturdays & Sundays

Front Range Tire Recycle
5765 N. Peterson Rd.
Sedalia, CO 80135
Notes: Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday: 8 am-4:30 pm and Saturday by appointment only

Go Green Tires
2660 South Federal Blvd. (at Federal and College)
Denver, CO 80219
Notes: The fee assessed is $2.00/tire.

J&B Auto Crusher
4980 Brighton Blvd.
Denver, CO 80216
Notes: Monday-Friday 7:00am-3:00pm, Saturday 7:00am -11:00am, Closed Sundays.