E-Scrap & Hazardous Waste Disposal

How to dispose of unwanted household products labeled as flammable, toxic, corrosive, reactive, combustible or explosive.

2018 Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) & E-Scrap Collection Schedule

Manatee County offers free HHW and E-Scrap collections for Manatee County residents only.

HHW and E-Scrap* Monthly Collections

Third Saturday of every month from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Lena Road Landfill, 3333 Lena Road, Bradenton (3rd traffic light east of I-75 off State Road 64) , with additional collection sites available two additional
times a year as indicated below:

  • January 20, 2018
  • February 17, 2018
  • March 17, 2018
  • April 21, 2018
  • May 19, 2018
  • June 16, 2018
  • July 21, 2018
  • August 18, 2018
  • September 15, 2018
  • October 20, 2018
  • November 17, 2018
  • December 15, 2018

Remote Household Hazardous (ONLY) Collections

March 17, 2018 & October 20, 2018 (9 a.m. - 3 p.m.) Additional Collection Sites:

  • Agricultural Center/Fairgrounds 1303 17th St. W., Palmetto  (Entrance off 14th Avenue West across from Church on the Rock ONLY)
  • Utilities Administrative Complex 4410 66th St. West, Bradenton (South of Cortez Road on west side of 66th Street West)

Remote E-Scrap* (ONLY) Collections

  • February 3, 2018 - Agricultural Center/Fairgrounds (9 a.m. - 3 p.m.)
  • April 7, 2018 - 66th Street West/Cortez Road (9 a.m. - 3 p.m.) 
  • August 4, 2018 - Agricultural Center/Fairgrounds(9 a.m. - 3 p.m.) 
  • October 6, 2018 - 66th Street West/Cortez Road (9 a.m. - 3 p.m.) 

Annual HHW and E-Scrap* Collection for Island Residents

January 27, 2018 Island Collection/Coquina Beach (9 a.m. - 3 p.m.) (Gulf side of Coquina Beach)

*NOTE: E-Scrap can be dropped off for free at the Lena Road Landfill Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and the third Saturday of the month from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)

Common products found in your home that are labeled as flammable, toxic, corrosive, reactive or explosive are common household hazardous waste (HHW). You can tell if a product is hazardous if words such as POISON, DANGER, WARNING and CAUTION appear on the label. The most common products include:

  • Aerosols (non empty)
  • Antifreeze
  • Automotive Batteries
  • Cleaning Compounds
  • Diesel Fuel
  • Fertilizers
  • Fluorescent Bulbs
  • Fungicides
  • Gasoline
  • Herbicide
  • Weed Killer
  • Insecticides
  • Motor Oil
  • Paint, Stain and Varnish
  • Propane Tanks
  • Rechargeable Batteries

How do I dispose of my HHW?

Hazardous waste can only be disposed of on sites approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. 

Manatee County has established a Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Program:

  • Free the third Saturday of every month from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at a special collection center at the Landfill (3333 Lena Road, Bradenton)

E-Scrap

The term "E-Scrap" is applied to consumer electronic equipment that is no longer wanted. Many components in electronics equipment contain hazardous materials such as lead, cadmium, mercury and arsenic. While in use, these hazardous materials do not present a problem, but if discarded improperly pose an environmental threat.

Three Ways to Dispose of E-Scrap

  1. Residents may bring their E-Scrap (NO HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE) to the Landfill every Monday - Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. This service is free but you must go over the scales to declare your E-Scrap.
  2. Free E-Scrap and Household Hazardous Waste collections are held the third Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Landfill. Also watch for mobile collection dates.
  3. E-scrap may also be collected at the curb after calling (941) 792-8811 to make special arrangements. There is a fee involved with this service or you may use your one free annual pick-up.

Common E-Scrap Items

  • Battery Chargers 
  • Cell Phones & Cords
  • CD Players/Recorders
  • Circuit Boards
  • Copiers
  • DVD Players / Recorders 
  • Fax Machines
  • Game Hardware
  • Hard Drive / Central Processing Units (CPUs)
  • Keyboards
  • Microwaves
  • Personal Audio Systems
  • Printers
  • Radios
  • Scanners
  • Small Computer Peripherals (mouse, cable, game hardware, cords, etc.) 
  • Terminals / Monitors
  • TVs      
  • VCR's  
          

How to Safely Transport HHW

  • Transport items in the trunk or rear of your vehicle in sturdy boxes or containers that can be thrown away. Boxes may be lined with kitty litter or an open garbage bag, this will ensure that your items don’t leak into your vehicle.
  • Don’t mix products.
  • Keep products in original containers.
  • Label products not in original containers.
  • Secure products so they won’t leak!
  • Store products away from the passenger compartment of your vehicle.
  • Don’t store products in the trunk of your car before bringing them to the collection.

Battery Recycling

Alkaline batteries (regular use batteries) that contain no mercury do not pose a threat to the environment and may be thrown away as garbage.

All other batteries such as rechargeable, lead-acid, lithium and Ni-cad batteries are considered household hazardous waste and can be brought to the Lena Road Landfill the 3rd Saturday of the month from 9:00am to 3:00pm.


Bio-Hazardous Material

Bio-hazardous materials are sharps, and absorbent items (gauze, cotton, bandages, etc.) that are saturated with blood or other regulated body fluids considered to be biomedical waste and managed in accordance with state rules found in Chapter 64E-16, Florida Administrative Code.

• Sharps are defined as items having the potential to puncture or lacerate, such as syringes with attached needles and disposable lancets.
• The Health Department is the only site that offers a Sharps Collection Program in Manatee County.
• You may obtain an approved Sharp container at the Manatee County Health Department located at 410 6th Ave. East in Bradenton.
• This program is open to the public and free of charge.

DO NOT place in the recycle cart, give to anyone else, flush down the toilet, or put in the trash.

 

Medicine Disposal

Project Drug Drop: Citizen Medication Disposal Program

The Sheriff’s Office will accept unused or expired prescriptions and over-the-counter medication for proper disposal. Syringes and liquids are not accepted. Citizens may take non-liquid medications (pills only and inhalers) to the following locations:

  • 600 301 Blvd. W., #202, Bradenton. 24/7 hours/days
  • 407 57th Ave. E., Bradenton. Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • 616 67th ST. Circle E., Bradenton, Monday - Friday , 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Call (941) 747-3011 ext. 2260 or 2278 for more information.
 

If You Can’t Turn in Medication, Don’t Flush It! Instead:

  • Keep in the original container. This will help identify the contents if they are accidentally ingested.
  • Mark out your name and prescription number for safety.
  • For pills: add some water or soda to start dissolving them.
  • For liquids: add something inedible like cat litter or dirt.
  • Close the lid and secure with duct tape or packing tape.
  • Place bottle(s) inside a non-see through container (such as a plastic laundry bottle), tape the container closed and place in the trash.

DO NOT place in the recycle bin, give to anyone else, flush down the toilet, or put in the trash without disguising the drugs, as human or animal scavengers may find and misuse them.