Household Hazardous Waste

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Operational Changes

Beginning Monday, March 23 - In an effort to reduce the risk of solid waste workers’ exposure to COVID-19, the city’s trash and recycling vendor Waste Connections will temporarily suspend pick-up of Household Hazardous Waste (HHW).  Waste Connections will honor currently scheduled collection requests until March 27.

What is Household Hazardous Waste

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) is considered leftover household products that can catch fire, react, or explode under certain circumstances, or that are corrosive or toxic.


  • Request a Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection up to 12 times a year at no additional cost. 
  • Occurs on your regular trash and recycling collection day. 
  • All chemical waste is collected and brought back to the City of McKinney Facilities Service Complex where it is stored until collected by a licensed hazardous waste disposal contractor.


Instructions on how to Dispose of HHW

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The Process

  • This service will be temporarily suspended beginning March 27.
  • Household Hazardous Waste Collection (HHW) occurs on your regular trash and recycling collection day.
  • Call for an appointment at 972-547-7385. 
  • Schedule at least 24 to 48 business hours prior to your regular residential trash / recycling collection day. Confirmation will be made by phone or email. After-hours requests are processed as received on the next business day. 
  • Up to 12 pick-ups per calendar year at no additional charge. 
  • Commercial waste is not accepted at any time. 


The city’s facility is not licensed by the State of Texas as an HHW drop-off center. Do not bring chemical waste directly to the facility for disposal.


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Guidelines

All items must be labeled, either with the original label or with a permanent marker if the original label is missing, stating the brand name of the material and the name of the contents. 


We cannot collect unlabeled containers.


All flammable materials, such as paint thinner or kerosene, should be in their original container or a container approved for transporting flammable liquids.* 


Plastic jugs with a screw-top lid may be used to hold flammable liquids that do not exceed 1 gallon in volume. 


Remember, never mix chemicals!

  • HHW should be kept in its original container and be clearly labeled.
  • Wear protective gloves when handling HHW. Do not smoke, eat or drink around chemicals.
  • Place HHW in a cardboard box and put curbside on your regular trash collection day at least 3 feet from your trash and/or recycling carts.
  • Clearly label your cardboard box “HHW” and make sure chemicals do not spill, leak or mix.


*Gasoline and diesel fuel must be in an approved non-spill gasoline or diesel container.

*Automotive oil filters must be placed in a sealed container or plastic Ziploc bag.


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Restrictions

  • Up to 2 boxes, no larger than 20 inches long by 20 inches wide by 20 inches high.
  • Up to 50 pounds per box or a 5-gallon limit per box.
  • A 5-gallon bucket or container may be substituted for one box of HHW.
  • Automobile tires are not accepted – visit Do-it-Yourself Solid Waste Disposal.
  • Containers containing HHW are not returned - visit Automotive Fluid Disposal.
  • Containers larger than 5 gallons are not accepted.
  • Excessive quantities are considered commercial waste and are not accepted.
  • Up to 2 automobile batteries.


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Items We Collect

  • Acid-based cleaners
  • Acid-based, lithium and rechargeable batteries
  • Aerosol cans
  • Ammonia-based cleaners
  • Antifreeze
  • Automobile batteries and battery acid
  • Car wax and cleaners
  • Cleaning solvents
  • Drain and oven cleaners
  • Fats, oils and grease
  • Filters and power steering fluid
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Floor care products
  • Fluorescent bulbs
  • Furniture polish and varnish
  • Gasoline and diesel fuel
  • Kerosene and lighter fluid
  • Paint (latex and oil-based) stains, remover and thinners
  • Mercury thermometers and thermostats
  • Metal polishes
  • Motor oil and oil filters
  • Pesticides, insecticide, herbicides and fertilizers
  • Pet care products
  • Pool chlorine, muriatic acid and shock treatment
  • Printer and ink cartridges
  • Transmission and brake fluid
  • Window cleaner
  • Wood preservatives


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Items We Do Not Collect

  • Medication and other medical waste including sharps
  • Film processing chemicals
  • Radioactive materials
  • Shock sensitive materials
  • Unlabeled hazardous waste


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