Household Hazardous Waste

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Residential Household Hazardous Waste Program



Montgomery County Solid Waste Authority, (MRSWA), now has a permanent household hazardous waste, (HHW), facility that will accept residential HHW monthly on the third Saturday of the month. MRSWA is located at 555 Authority Dr., Christiansburg. This service is provided to residents of Montgomery County, towns of Blacksburg and Christiansburg.

Preregistration is required. Please call 540-381-2820 ext 300.

Unusable latex paint should be dried in its can using kitty litter or sand. Once dry, the entire can should be disposed of in the trash.

Some materials to bring to HHW Day:

  • Oil based paint
  • Swimming pool chemicals
  • Stains and varnishes
  • Poisons, insecticides, fungicides, weed killer
  • Wood preservatives
  • Chemical fertilizers
  • Paint strippers and thinners
  • Moth balls
  • Solvents
  • Adhesives
  • Flea control products
  • Lighter fluid
  • Rubber cement
  • Airplane glue
  • Fuels, gasoline, kerosene, diesel
  • household batteries
  • Propane containers 1 lb. or less
  • Mercury thermometers
  • Antifreeze
  • Fluorescent bulbs
  • Engine degreaser
  • Fiberglass resins
  • Brake fluid
  • Photo chemicals
  • Carburetor cleaner
  • Furniture polish
  • Transmission fluid
  • Floor and metal polish
  • Car wax and polishes
  • Oven cleaner
  • Driveway sealer
  • Drain and toilet cleaner
  • Roofing tar
  • Spot remover
  • Rug and upholstery cleaner
  • Hobby supplies, artist supplies

What NOT to bring:

  • Empty paint cans
  • Empty containers
  • Trash
  • Commercial or industrial waste
  • Agricultural waste
  • Radioactive waste
  • Smoke detectors
  • Infectious or biological waste
  • Ammunition, fireworks, explosives
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Syringes
  • Propane containers greater than 1 lb.
  • Asbestos
  • Animal carcasses
  • Prescription and over the counter medication

Tips for identifying Household Hazardous Waste (HHW):

  • Corrosives: labels usually state, “AVOID CONTACT WITH SKIN OR EYES”
  • Flammables: labels usually state, “KEEP AWAY FROM FLAMES”
  • Toxic materials: labels often contain the skull and crossbones and usually state, “KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN”
  • Oxidizers: labels usually state, “STRONG OXIDIZER”

Tips for transporting HHW safely:

  • Leave materials in original containers
  • Tighten caps and lids
  • Sort and pack into separate categories (e.g. household cleaners, pesticides, and fuels)
  • Pack containers in sturdy upright boxes and pad with newspaper
  • Never mix chemicals
  • Never smoke while handling HHW

For more information, contact the Montgomery Regional Solid Waste Authority at 540-381-2820 ext. 300, or visit

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