Household Hazardous Wastes are basically hazardous wastes generated by normal household activities (e.g., routine house and yard maintenance). Some cities have facilities that allow for year-round collection of these materials, often operated by municipal or private landfills. Because we care about proper disposal of these chemicals but do not have a facility like this in Missoula, the Missoula Valley Water Quality District hires a contractor to come and collect Missoula’s household hazardous waste each year. We have done this since 1993 (with the exception of 2017). By law, we can only accept household hazardous waste (or conditionally exempt waste*).
It is very expensive to properly dispose of these hazardous materials. This event is largely covered by the District and a combination of city and corporate donations. A small fee is also required of participants to further help defray costs. City and county fees and property taxes do not cover the costs of this event.
* Waste must have been generated from a household that: a. Generates less than 220 lbs (approx 26 gallons) of hazardous waste per 40 CFR 261 or 2.2 lbs of acutely hazardous waste per 40 CFE 261.31, 261.32, or 261.33 (e) in any month b. Has not accumulated more than 2,200 lbs of hazardous waste or 220 lbs of acutely hazardous waste.
This event is held in the fall every year, usually September or October.
Thank you to everyone that participated in our 2020 collection event. It was a huge success.
Acceptable items include retail size containers (no barrels) of the following:
The following is a list of products we will not accept. These products will be left in your vehicle if you bring them to the event. You DO NOT need to attend this event if you only have any of the following:
Every year we have residents who bring latex paint, cleaners, glues, and other unacceptable products. Please don’t. Sorting through these products by volunteers at the event is time consuming and causes long delays in the flow of traffic. Pre-sorting your materials and reading labels at home prior to loading your vehicle will save everyone time at the event.
One of the best ways to reduce our hazardous waste disposal challenges is to purchase non-hazardous alternatives. When that is not possible, left-over products can sometimes be used by friends and neighbors. There are also some businesses in town that can recycle or reuse household hazardous waste such as batteries, light bulbs, and paints. Please take a look at our Year-round Options Guide or visit https://www.zerobyfiftymissoula.com/ if you have waste that you are unable to keep until the next event.