What is Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)? Household Hazardous Waste

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

What is Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)?



  • Toxic:  Directly or indirectly poisons living things.
  • Ignitable: Capable of catching fire.
  • Corrosive: Capable of chemically eroding another substance such as cloth, metal, or skin.
  • Reactive: Capable of participating in a chemical interaction or transformation.
  • Carcinogenic: Capable of causing cancer.


Unwanted household products, labeled as FLAMMABLE, TOXIC, CORROSIVE, REACTIVE, COMBUSTIBLE or EXPLOSIVE are common household hazardous wastes (HHW).  You can tell if a product is hazardous if words such as, POISON, DANGER, WARNING and CAUTION appear on the label. 


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

 Schedule of Other Special collections and locations.


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 that contain no mercury  may be thrown away as trash.


All other batteries such as rechargeable, lead-acid, lithium, and Ni-cad batteries are considered household hazardous waste and need to be disposed of or recycled properly.


All types of batteries except alkaline batteries can be recycled at the Landfill through Manatee County’s Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection program on the 3rd Saturday of every month from 9: 00 a.m. to 3: 00 p.m.


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.


What are sharps?

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. This program is open to the public and free of charge.  Put your sharps into a puncture-resistant plastic bottle (such as a laundry soap or fabric softener bottle) and tape closed.  Put your name and phone number on the container.  Then visit the Environmental Health Services office on 410 Sixth Ave. East in Bradenton for proper disposal of your sharps and to obtain an approved sharps container. 

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. Citizens may bring their medications (pills only, no liquid will be accepted) to the following locations:


  • 600 301 Blvd. W., #202, Bradenton. 24/7 hours/days
  • 407 57th Ave. E., Bradenton. M-F, 8:00am-4:00pm
  • 616 67th St. Cir. East, Bradenton, M-F, 8:00am-4:00pm

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.