To aid residents in the proper and safe disposal of household hazardous waste (HHW) materials, the City of Durham operates a household hazardous waste collection center through a contract with Ecoflo, Inc. This service is open to all Durham city and county residents. Commercial users are forbidden from using the HHW center. The collection center is located at:
Household Hazardous Waste Center
1900 East Club Blvd.
Durham, NC 27704
(Located across from the North Durham Water Reclamation Facility)
Tuesday and Wednesday from noon – 6 p.m.
Thursday, Fridays, and Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Acceptable Items from Households Only:
• Lithium-ion, Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) , Nickel Cadmium (Ni-cad) rechargeable batteries
• Fire extinguisher (dry chemical only)
• Florescent light bulbs
• Household cleaners
• Oil based paints (alternative disposal for latex paint)
• Garden chemicals and fertilizers
• Mercury thermometers
• Alkaline Batteries *
• Lead Acid Cell batteries (Car battery)*
• Medications, used needles, or other medical wastes *
• Commercially generated hazardous waste
• Garbage, recyclables, or yard waste *
• Radioactive materials, including smoke detectors
• Explosives or ammunition (contact the Police Department)
• Unknown or unlabeled materials
• Electronic waste *
• Cooking oil, motor oil, and antifreeze *
* These items are accepted at the Transfer Station at 2115 E. Club Blvd.
Helpful Household Hazardous Waste Tips
1. How to dry latex paint:
Mixing in some kitty litter, sawdust, or sand and allowing it to dry out thoroughly in the sun.
Stir the mixture to ensure that it is completely dried out.
The paint and can may be thrown out with your trash as long as the lid is removed.
Note: All oil based paints should be taken to the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center.
2. How to Clean Small Mercury Spills:
3. How to Dispose of Smoke Detectors:
4. Commercial Hazardous Waste Disposal
The City’s HHW facility does not accept any materials from commercial users, schools,
apartments, or churches.
For information on Durham’s HHW Collection Program, call (919) 560-4186.