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Reuse Recycling Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)

Household Hazardous Waste

Household hazardous waste (HHW) are common everyday leftover household product(s) that have any of these four potentially hazardous characteristics; flammable, corrosive, toxic, or reactive. Below you will find the list of the most common household products that typically contain hazardous components and therefore they require special care when being disposed of.

Collection Events are free and open to residential customers of the utility partners. To drop off items, a resident/customer must register for an appointment, and present a driver’s license or utility bill with an address in the jurisdictional boundaries of one of the following partners: the City of Lakeway, City of Bee Cave, The Hills, Hurst Creek Municipal Utility District, Lakeway MUD, or Travis County Water Control and Improvement District No. 17 (WCID No.17).  There is a 30 GALLON LIMIT  per person for disposal at each event. For any residents living outside of this utility partnership, there is a fee of $40.

Stay tuned for the announcement of our next Household Hazardous Waste Event right here! Dispose of your hazardous materials safely with us.

Tips for properly handling HHW:

  • Please be considerate
  • Sort your items first, please do not bring boxes of trash to the center
  • Throw out empty containers in your residential trash pickup
  • Latex paint can(s) with a small amount of left-over paint should be opened and left to dry out so you can throw them away in your residential trash pickup (more detail below)
  • Items not in their original container will not be accepted
  • Transport items in boxes to prevent spills in your vehicle keeping items visible. Do not overstack
  • Try to keep hazardous products in their original containers and never remove labels
  • Never mix products. Incompatible products might react, ignite, or explode
  • Follow any instructions for use and disposal provided on the product labels


  • Household products — cleaning products, drain cleaners, oven cleaning solvents, degreasers, polishers, pool chemicals, household rechargeable batteries, mercury thermometers, gas grill propane tanks;
  • Paint products — latex and oil-based paints, spray paints, preservatives, strippers, etc.; or,
  • Automotive products — antifreeze, car batteries, oil, oil filters, transmission fluid, brake fluid, etc.
  • Accepted materials must be labeled and in their original containers for transport.


  • Asbestos products — including linoleum tiles containing asbestos from older homes;
  • Industrial waste — anything from a business;
  • Medical waste — needles, prescriptions, etc.;
  • Ammunition or explosives — fireworks, dynamite, flares, etc.;
  • Radioactive waste — smoke detectors, etc.;
  • Compressed gas cylinders — except for gas grill propane tanks;
  • Tires;
  • Appliances — small or large; or,
  • Computers, printers, televisions, speakers, surround sound, other electronic equipment

Reuse, Recycle and Paint Products

Did you know there is a Reuse / Recycle Building where you can pick up FREE partially filled products that still have useful characteristics?  Paint is the primary product at this time but there are also partial containers of household products such as comet, pool/spa products and furniture refinishers. Latex paint has been blended on-site and poured up into 2-gallon buckets for use and there are currently two colors; grey and taupe.  All products are free and can be picked up on the same dates of collection events.  You will be asked to sign a waiver of liability for the products.

You can dispose of LATEX PAINT at home by following these simple steps:
      1. Open the can to let the paint dry completely. Adding cat litter speeds up the process.
      2. Once the paint is completely dry, you may dispose of the lid and the can as two items separately (not closed) with your regular household trash (not recycle bin)

More About Unacceptable Items

For items at this center, you and residents that live in Travis County, are encouraged to take your waste items to the City of Austin & Travis County Household Hazardous Waste Facility, “Austin Resource Recovery“.
The Austin Resource Recovery center takes electronics and appliances along with many other items.

Austin Resource Recovery
4108 Todd Lane
Austin, TX 78744
Hours: Monday – Friday, 9a.m. to 5p.m.; Saturday 7a.m. to Noon.

Pills -(prescription and OTC), vitamins, supplements, herbal goods, lotions, liquid medicines, and even pet medications can be dropped off year-round at the following location:

Travis County Constable Precinct 5 Office
1003 Guadalupe, Austin, 78701, 8a.m.-5p.m. Mon-Fri (Across the street from the Court House),
Kiosk inside for anonymous drop-offs


Closed on New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. Visit their website for more information including their list of household hazardous waste items that are accepted and what items are not accepted.

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