Accepted Materials

 

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)

The following list of materials can be brought to a Boise City mobile collection site. However, space is limited and we cannot accept large quantities of items. 

We can take up to 25 items or small loads that will easily fit into the cargo area of a small SUV or trunk of a car. Larger quantities or pickup truck-sized loads of household hazardous waste must be taken to the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Facility at the Ada County  Landfill. If you have questions about specific materials, call the Boise Public Works Department at (208) 384-3901.

Note: Do NOT leave items at a site when a collection vehicle is not present. Leaving toxic chemicals unattended creates hazardous conditions and is a violation of Boise City Code 8-10-4.01 and 8-10-5.08. The sites are CLOSED on New Year's Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

Accepted Materials

Automotive Products

  • Used motor oil (also part of curbside collection program; oil is collected weekly
  • Antifreeze
  • Old gasoline (max. 5 gallons)

Batteries

All types (except alkaline, which aren't hazardous; please dispose of those in your trash.)

Gas Cylinders/Tanks

Household Products

  • Aerosols
  • Cleaners - all types
  • Fluorescent light tubes and compact fluorescent light bulbs
  • Mercury thermostats
  • Mercury thermometers
  • Used fryer oil (max 5 gallons; must be free of food particles and in a spill-proof container. The container won't be returned)

Mercury-containing Products

  • Fluorescent light tubes and compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs
  • Mercury thermometers
  • Mercury thermostats
  • Button cell batteries, alkaline batteries more than 10 years old
  • Antiques (barometers, clocks, mirrors, antique necklaces from Mexico)
Paints and Stains (max. 10 gallons)
  • Latex and oil-based stains
  • Solvents
  • Paint thinners
  • Wood stains

Televisions/Computers/Electronics/Small Appliances
  • Computer equipment (computer monitors - limit: 3)
  • Televisions smaller than 27" - limit: 2. Larger televisions must be taken to the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Facility
  • Cell phones
  • Microwaves

Yard and Garden
  • Pesticides
  • Insecticides
  • Garden chemicals
  • Pool/spa chemicals

"Mystery" or unknown wastes - if you don't know what it is, we will still take it!

Mobile Program Does Not Accept

  • Explosives
  • Ammunition (Residents with unwanted ammunition can call Impact Guns at (208)321-1288. Location: 11655 W. Executive Drive, Boise 83713. Unwanted ammunition will be accepted with manager's approval. NOTE: You must call and receive approval prior to arriving with your unwanted ammunition. Be prepared to provide a detailed description of the unwanted items.)
  • Radioactive Materials
  • Biomedical Waste
  • Console televisions (must be taken to Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Facility, see Televisions/Computers/Electronics/Small Appliances)
  • Tires (accepted at Ada County Landfill for a small fee. Call (208) 577-4725 for assistance.)
  • Paint from painting contractors, property management companies, or other businesses (see Commercial Hazardous Waste)
  • Prescription Drugs (take these items to a Medicine Drop-off Site)
  • Commercial Hazardous Waste  Business wastes are only collected at the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Facility.

If you would like assistance, in finding the appropriate agency or management firm that will help with proper handling of these materials, please contact the Boise Public Works Department, Environmental Division at (208)384-3901.

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