There will be a time when you’re doing a home improvement project or you’re decluttering rooms in your house and you realize you don’t know how to discard certain items. If you live in the Austin area, do you know where to discard batteries or paint? The City of Austin has a wide variety of places to discard hazardous waste and household materials.

Austin Household Hazardous Waste Facility (HHW)

The residents of the City of Austin and Travis County are lucky to have a facility that accepts a large variety of hazardous waste. Residents are allowed to bring up to 30 gallons of home-generated hazardous waste, however, you are prohibited to bring items in containers with more than 5 gallons of capacity. When you recycle paint at HHW it is collected and turned into Reblend Paint. This is free paint for residents who are looking to save money. The facility also provides a Reuse Store that offers free chemicals for residents who can use them. These items may include automotive fluids, cleaning products, paint, pesticides and solvents.

What household hazardous waste items are accepted at HHW?

  • Fluorescent bulbs
  • Batteries (car and household)
  • Cell phones
  • Cleaners
  • Automotive fluids
  • Oil filters
  • Paint and thinners
  • Pesticides and herbicides
  • Photographic chemicals
  • Mercury
  • Aerosol cans
  • Pool chemicals
  • Cooking oil
  • Outdoor grill propane cylinders

What household hazardous waste items are not accepted at HHW?

  • Tires
  • Medical Waste
  • Electronics

These are items that are not accepted at HHW. There are other resources you can use. For tires, curbside customers are allowed to set out eight passenger car tires as long as the rims are removed during their bulk item collection. Local landfills and auto shops may be able to accept tires, however, there may be a fee. As for medical waste, including syringes, needles, or sharps, you can place them in a sturdy plastic container with a tight fitting lid such as a laundry detergent bottle. You can place the bottle in the trash, however, do not place it in your recycling. Electronics such as computers can be accepted at any Goodwill in Texas. And Best Buy offers free recycling for televisions up to 32 inches. All of your old cell phones can be accepted at all FedEx/Kinko locations as well as any carriers like Verizon or AT&T.

What household waste items did we miss?

  • Mattresses
  • Furniture
  • Appliances
  • Railroad Ties

All of these items can be set out during the curbside bulk item collection as well as sent to a local landfill for a fee. Bulk item collections only happen twice a year. A post card will be sent to you in the mail to inform you of the collection dates. If you don’t want to set your appliances on the curb, Austin Energy offers rebates for refrigerators and freezers and will pick them up at no cost. If you do set them out for collection, they must be clean, empty, odor-free and the doors must be removed. When you set out railroad ties be sure they are free from nails and are tightly bound.

Are there household hazardous waste items not listed?

We mostly listed the popular items people have a problem disposing. What Do I Do With is an amazing A to Z guide that Austin residents can utilize for recycling, reusing, composting and more!