Safe Disposal

What is Household Hazardous Waste?

Household hazardous waste (HHW) is any waste generated from the use of a product containing a hazardous material that, if misused or improperly disposed of, could pose a threat to human health or the environment.

Most HHW is generated from one of the following categories:

  • Automotive Products: oil, grease removers, gasoline, brake and transmission fluid.
  • Household Cleaners: oven cleaners, drain cleaners, disinfectants, laundry products.
  • Paints and Solvents: oil base paint, thinners, varnishes, wood preservatives.
  • Poisons/Pesticides: fungicides, insecticides, herbicides and rodenticides.

Hazardous products that are no longer useful must be disposed of properly. If you are a resident of Lancaster County you may dispose of unwanted household hazardous waste products at one of the Health Department’s mobile collection events.


Business waste is not accepted at these events. For information on disposal of hazardous business waste, click here.

For Senior Citizens

Are you a senior citizen or homebound resident who needs help with managing hazardous products or chemicals? We can help! The free Safe Homes for Seniors Service is available to assist eligible residents with identification, use, storage, and disposal of hazardous household products. Call Aging Partners at (402) 441-7030 to schedule a free home assessment. See our Safe Homes for Seniors brochure for more information.