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​​​​Household Hazardous Waste

Residential Recycling in Mecklenburg County    

Acceptable and Unacceptable Materials - Residents

Acceptable and Unacceptable Materials - Businesses

What is Household Hazardous Waste?

Household hazardous waste refers to used or leftover contents of consumer products that contain materials with one of the four characteristics of a hazardous waste: toxic, ignitable, corrosive or reactive. (See the North Carolina DEQ Fact Sheet for more information.) Household hazardous waste should not be disposed of in the regular trash.  

The Mecklenburg County Household Hazardous Waste Program accepts hazardous materials from residents free of charge and disposes or recycles them according to all local, state and federal regulations. Hazardous wastes from businesses must be handled separately. Business generators should contact a licensed hazardous waste processing company​, business hazardous waste cannot be collected at Mecklenburg County sites.

Household hazardous waste is best managed outside of the regular municipal solid waste stream. If handled properly, it will decrease the likelihood that these elements will enter the environment. 

The safest way to dispose of household hazardous waste is to carefully pack them up and bring them to one of the county's Four(4) Full Service Centers​.


To find a list of acceptable items for Mecklenburg County residents, visit us at:

 To find a list of acceptable items for Mecklenburg County businesses, visit:​


​The Household Hazardous Waste Program is not allowed to accept any business Hazardous material by Federal and State law. Businesses may also contact the NCDEQ for assistance.

Please call (980) 314-3867 or email your questions or comments.


Office Location:

2145 Suttle Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28208


Hours: Mon-Fri 8 a.m - 5 p.m.


General Inquiries
311 or 980-314-3867