Identifying Household Hazardous Waste


Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)

Items such as solvents, paint/stain/varnish, yard/garden products (including pesticides and herbicides), batteries, automotive products (including gasoline and oil), compact fluorescent light tubes, TVs, and computer monitors are considered hazardous waste.

If something is hazardous, the label will contain one of these signal words:

  • Caution
  • Danger
  • Poison
  • Warning
  • Corrosive
  • Flammable
  • Explosive
  • Oxidizer
  • Irritant
  • Environmental Hazard

If the label contains one or more of these words, it is hazardous waste and is accepted at household hazardous waste collection sites.  Do not throw hazardous waste in with your trash or recycling.

Prohibited Materials

Explosives, ammunition, radioactive items, biomedical waste, and tires are not accepted at hazardous waste collection sites or the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Facility.  For information on proper disposal of prohibited materials, call Boise City at (208) 384- 3901 or Ada County at (208) 577-4736.

Needles, sharps, and syringes

Diseases such as Hepatitis A and C, and HIV can be transmitted from needle sticks. Needles, syringes, and lancets (sharps) should be safely managed to prevent injury and disease transmission. See our Sharps Disposal page for information on how to safely dispose of these items.

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