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Denver Residents, Did You Know?

Household Hazardous Waste Collection

Denver residents may dispose of  and recycle their household hazardous waste properly through the City’s Household Hazardous Waste Program.  Residents living in single-family homes or buildings of seven units or less can make an at-home collection appointment once per calendar year.   All participants must submit a $15 copayment at the time of their appointment.

There are three easy ways to schedule a collection appointment:

  1. Call 1-800-HHW-PKUP (1-800-449-7587)
  2. Email
  3. Go to

Before making appointment, please make sure that you qualify.  To quality for an appointment, you must have either: 

  • A minimum of 25 pounds of any one material listed under the Acceptable Household Hazardous Waste list. * Please note that we will not make appointments for only latex paint.  If you only have latex paint, please review the list of latex paint drop sites on the Recycling Directory  OR
  • A minimum of 3 different types of materials listed under the Acceptable Household Hazardous Waste list.

Once you make an appointment:

  • A Collection Kit is shipped so you receive it a few days before your scheduled collection.  The Kit includes a bag to contain your materials, instructions, labels and a tie to secure the bag.

Assemble all your HHW according to the instructions.  Be sure to include the $15 co-payment. We will not accept materials without lids or those which are leaking or not labeled. Containers must be 5-gallons or less.  The collection bag holds about 10-12 gallons.  If you have more waste than will fit in the bag and are willing to pay for collection of the excess material, then please call the 1-800-449-7587 hotline to arrange for payment for those additional items.

** Note: Denver residents that reside in multi-family buildings with more than 7 units are not eligible for a door-to-door collection, but may make an appointment to drop off items at the Denver Regional Household Hazardous Waste Facility. Residents using the program will be responsible for a $15 co-payment.  Drop-off appointments are limited, so only residents living in buildings with more than 7 units are eligible for drop-off appointments.

Please visit the site below if you do not live in Denver and are interested in a hazardous waste program in your city.


Alternative Drop off areas for Items:

1)  Latex Paint-  for list of drop sites, visit, or call 311

2)  Compact Fluorescent light bulbs- all Home Depots, Lowes and Ace Hardware stores accept CFLs for recycling, no tubes

3)  Motor Oil and Auto Batteries- most AutoZone’s, Checker Auto Parts, Advanced Auto Parts and Pep Boys stores will accept motor oil and auto batteries

4)  Antifreeze-  Most grease Monkey stores

5)  Household Batteries- Batteries plus accepts, 303-504-0101.  they accept rechargeable batteries and lead-acid batteries.  There is no fee for small quantities.  also, Best Buy will accept rechargeable batteries at kiosk inside door at all stores.  They will also accept all electronics at the “Geek Squad”  desk


Thanks for your time, I hope this helps……………


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