Household Hazardous Waste

Dates for the 2019 Household Hazardous Waste Collection days will be available in March 2019.

Please contact the City Recycling Coordinator if you have questions. 


Acceptable Items

Items accepted at a HHW Collection include: brake and transmission fluids, gasoline and diesel, kerosene, mercury thermostats, oil and latex based paints, paint strippers and thinners, rechargeable batteries, turpentine, aerosol cans, ammonia, ant sprays, floor care products, oven and drain cleaners, wood and metal polishes, adhesives, epoxy products and glues, artists paints, charcoal lighter fluid, cleaning solvents, pesticides, fungicides, herbicides and insecticides, mercury and mercury switches, moth balls, photographic chemicals, pool chemicals, and wood preservatives.

Unacceptable Items

Items not accepted at a HHW Collection include: ammunition, biohazard, business waste (unless prior arrangements are made for small businesses), car batteries, cement, electronics, empty containers of any kind, explosives, fire extinguishers, freon, ice melt, marine flares, medical waste, medicines, smoke detectors, tires, and used oil.

Fire Extinguishers can be brought to Roybal Fire Equipment, 33 Forest St, Middletown.  860-347-2189.

Common Items We are Asked About:


Alkaline Batteries

Alkaline batteries (regular household batteries) can be brought to the Household Hazardous Collections for recycling. Alkaline batteries do not contain mercury but can be recycled through the collections. Alkaline batteries can also be brought to the Recycling Center (in the electronics container) or  the 2nd floor of City Hall for recycling.  For other options in battery recycling, click here.

Fluorescent Bulbs

Most fluorescent bulbs also contain mercury and should be disposed of properly.  Compact fluorescent bulbs can be brought to Home Depot or Lowes for recycling.  The Middletown Recycling Center and Russell Library also accept them.  Long fluorescent tubes from residences can also be brought to the Recycling Center or to a HHW Collection Day for safe disposal.


Starting 2013, latex and oil based paint can be brought to the Household Hazardous Waste Collection day.  Unopened cans of latex paint can be donated to non profit organizations, such as Oddfellows Playhouse or Habitat for Humanity. Check with the local organization for acceptance and drop off instructions.

Paintcare Collection Days can be found at

The State of Connecticut passed Public Act 11-24, An Act Establishing a Paint Stewardship Program, in 2011. This legislation establishes a paint stewardship program for managing unused and unwanted latex and oil based paint. In accordance with this Act, Ace Hardware on South Main St. and Sherwin Williams Paint Store on Rt. 372 in Cromwell have initiated program to take back oil based and latex paint for recycling.  Contact these stores directly for their specific requirements for drop off. For more information on paint recycling, check out the PaintCare website.  

Hazardous Waste Items Accepted at the City Recycling Center

Certain household hazardous waste items are accepted on a regular basis at the City Recycling Center.  These include:

  • Lead Acid Batteries      
  • Antifreeze
  • Freon Containing Items (refrigerators, air conditioners)
  • Tires
  • Electronics

Some items are chargeable at the Recycling Center.

For more information on Household Hazardous Waste contact the City Recycling Coordinator .