Orange County Government, Florida

Household Hazardous Waste

How to dispose of household hazardous waste, electronics, medications & Freon

Household Hazardous & Electronic Waste

Help protect the environment and our health. Don't dispose of dangerous household chemicals in your garbage, down storm drains, into sinks, or by burying them. They pose a threat to Florida's drinking water.

Product labels can tip you off to a potential hazard. Look for any of these words: Pesticide, Warning, Caustic, Poison, Acid, Danger, or Flammable.

Household hazardous waste includes items like these:

  • Paint and paint thinners
  • Batteries (except alkaline/non-rechargeables)
  • Used motor oil
  • Antifreeze and brake fluid
  • Household cleaning fluids
  • Pool chemicals
  • Pesticides
  • Propane tanks

Electronic equipment can be recycled. Examples include:

  • Computers
  • Televisions
  • VCRs
  • Fax machines
  • CD players
  • Stereos

Don't Flush Medications

Here's how to safety dispose of unwanted medications:

  1. Keep medications in original containers and scratch out the patient's name.
  2. Discourage consumption by adding water to pills. You can add salt, flour, charcoal, or spices to liquids.
  3. Tape the lid shut with duct tape. Put the container inside a non-transparent bag so contents aren't visible. Wrap non-transparent tape around blister packages to disguise the contents.
  4. Put the container in your garbage. To discourage animal scavengers, don't conceal medicine in food waste.

Don't Release Freon
Into The Atmosphere

When replacing an air conditioner, freezer, or refrigerator, have the delivery company remove your old appliance. These contain Freon and will not be picked up curbside.

Orange County residents may bring Freon-containing devices to the Orange County Landfill or a transfer station for a minimum charge of $6.

Contact Us

Solid Waste Division
5901 Young Pine Road
Orlando, FL  32829

Email: Solid.Waste@ocfl.net
Solid Waste Hotline: (407) 836-6601

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