Household Hazardous Waste

Notice: Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) may experience up to a two week wait for a collection due to higher than normal request volumes.

What is Household Hazardous Waste?

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) is considered leftover household products that can catch fire, react, or explode under certain circumstances, or that are corrosive or toxic.


  • Request a Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection up to 12 times a year at no additional cost. 
  • Occurs on your regular trash and recycling collection day. 
  • All chemical waste is collected and brought back to the City of McKinney Facilities Service Complex where it is stored until collected by a licensed hazardous waste disposal contractor.


Instructions on how to Dispose of HHW

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The Process

  • Household Hazardous Waste Collection (HHW) occurs on your regular trash and recycling collection day.
  • To schedule a collection, fill out the HHW pick-up form online.
  • HHW collections must be requested before 12 p.m. (noon) the business day prior to your collection day. Confirmation will be made by email. 
  • Up to 12 pick-ups per calendar year at no additional charge. 
  • Commercial waste is not accepted at any time.
  • If you have any questions, please call 972-547-7385.


The city’s facility is not licensed by the State of Texas as an HHW drop-off center. Do not bring chemical waste directly to the facility for disposal.


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Guidelines

All items must be labeled, either with the original label or with a permanent marker if the original label is missing, stating the brand name of the material and the name of the contents. 


We cannot collect unlabeled containers.


All flammable materials, such as paint thinner or kerosene, should be in their original container or a container approved for transporting flammable liquids.* 


Plastic jugs with a screw-top lid may be used to hold flammable liquids that do not exceed 1 gallon in volume. 


Remember, never mix chemicals!

  • HHW should be kept in its original container and be clearly labeled.
  • Wear protective gloves when handling HHW. Do not smoke, eat or drink around chemicals.
  • Place HHW in a cardboard box and put curbside on your regular trash collection day at least 3 feet from your trash and/or recycling carts.
  • Clearly label your cardboard box “HHW” and make sure chemicals do not spill, leak or mix.


*Gasoline and diesel fuel must be in an approved non-spill gasoline or diesel container.

*Automotive oil filters must be placed in a sealed container or plastic Ziploc bag.


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Restrictions

  • Up to 2 boxes, no larger than 20 inches long by 20 inches wide by 20 inches high.
  • Up to 50 pounds per box or a 5-gallon limit per box.
  • A 5-gallon bucket or container may be substituted for one box of HHW.
  • Automobile tires are not accepted – visit Do-it-Yourself Solid Waste Disposal.
  • Containers containing HHW are not returned - visit Automotive Fluid Disposal.
  • Containers larger than 5 gallons are not accepted.
  • Excessive quantities are considered commercial waste and are not accepted.
  • Up to 2 automobile batteries.


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Items We Collect

  • Acid-based cleaners
  • Acid-based, lithium and rechargeable batteries
  • Aerosol cans
  • Ammonia-based cleaners
  • Antifreeze
  • Automobile batteries and battery acid
  • Car wax and cleaners
  • Cleaning solvents
  • Drain and oven cleaners
  • Emergency Flares
  • Fats, oils and grease
  • Filters and power steering fluid
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Floor care products
  • Fluorescent bulbs
  • Kerosene and lighter fluid
  • Paint (latex and oil-based) stains, remover and thinners
  • Mercury thermometers and thermostats
  • Metal polishes
  • Motor oil and oil filters
  • Pesticides, insecticide, herbicides and fertilizers
  • Pet care products
  • Pool chlorine, muriatic acid and shock treatment
  • Printer and ink cartridges
  • Propane cylinders (BBQ / Camping)
  • Transmission and brake fluid
  • Window cleaner
  • Wood preservatives
  • Furniture polish and varnish
  • Gasoline and diesel fuel


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Items We Do Not Collect

  • Fireworks
  • Medication and other medical waste including sharps
  • Film processing chemicals
  • Radioactive materials
  • Shock sensitive materials
  • Unlabeled hazardous waste


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