Household Hazardous Waste

Overview

Household Hazardous Waste Services

Clean Harbors facilitates thousands of Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) and pesticide collection programs throughout North America—collecting paints, solvents, batteries, fluorescent lamps, pesticides, cleaners and other hazardous materials during one-day, multi-day and mobile events.

Household Hazardous Waste Recycling and Reclamation

Clean Harbors is committed to recycling and reclaiming waste using a variety of methods. We identify opportunities for waste reduction and provide options that previously may have been unavailable to you. For example, our material reuse program collects new or slightly used, unwanted products, which must meet stringent criteria, and makes them available for reuse by the community. 

Household Hazardous Waste Management

Household hazardous waste is transported in our own licensed vehicles to one of our facilities for recycling or disposal. We maintain all required state, provincial and federal permits and ensure our clients are EH&S compliant. From start to finish, Clean Harbors truly provides turnkey Household Hazardous Waste management and is the best choice among environmental waste removal companies.

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Temporary One-Day Collections

Temporary One-Day Collections

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These events can service large numbers of residents in a short timeframe.

Clean Harbors facilitates temporary one-day Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection events that provide convenient access to residents and mitigate the need for a permanent collection facility.

As a service to residents, communities often offer one-day recycling events that allow them to bring a variety of items (paper, plastics, electronics, glass, etc.) to a central drop-off location. Clean Harbors has extensive experience planning and implementing these temporary one-day household hazardous waste collection events. We provide recommendations for the program components and public outreach and then guide you through implementation.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection and Management

Clean Harbors identifies, segregates, packages, transports and disposes of all household hazardous waste material received during a temporary one-day collection event. We offer the latest technology available to maximize recycling efforts and can handle every type of material collected at the event.

Regulatory and Technical Assistance

Clean Harbors supports your temporary one-day household hazardous waste collection event with regulatory assistance at the local, state, provincial and federal levels. We also assist with reporting and provide technical support.

A one-day household hazardous waste collection event provides numerous benefits to communities, and expert assistance from Clean Harbors ensures the event’s success.

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Agricultural and Pesticide Collections

Agricultural and Pesticide Collections

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Our events provide a safe and legal method of disposal of pesticides—banned or not.

Clean Harbors provides expert Agricultural and Pesticide Collections as part of its comprehensive Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) services.

Unused pesticides lurking in garages, barns and outbuildings are hazardous to children, pets and the environment. Agricultural and pesticide waste collection events provide a safe and legal method for disposing of pesticides. Subsidized funding is often available for these types of target collections, and Clean Harbors can help you obtain it.

Collection and Management

Clean Harbors identifies, segregates, packages, transports and disposes of all agricultural and pesticide products. We offer the latest technology available to ensure the safe, efficient and cost-effective disposal of the collected material. 

Regulatory and Technical Assistance

Clean Harbors supports agricultural and pesticide waste collection events with regulatory assistance at the local, state, provincial and federal levels. We also assist with reporting and provide technical support.

Giving residents the opportunity to make their homes safer benefits communities in numerous ways. Our household hazardous waste management experts ensure that these collection events run smoothly and provide maximum benefit to all involved.

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Permanent Collection Facilities

Permanent Collection Facilities

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Clean Harbors provides turnkey service for your permanent collection facility, including paint waste disposal and recycling.

Clean Harbors provides custom, permanent Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection facilities and depots for maximum consolidation of waste.  

For many communities, it’s more efficient and cost-effective to establish a permanent household hazardous waste collection location rather than hold temporary one-day or door-to-door events. Clean Harbors provides turnkey service for your permanent waste collection center or depot. 

We offer guidance on facility design and construction, and work with local agencies to ensure regulatory compliance. Once the site is operational, our household hazardous waste specialists can provide traffic control, unloading, sorting, packaging, bulking, hazardous characteristic identification and transporting household hazardous waste. Having these capabilities on-site allows you to accept a wider range of materials.

Transportation and Disposal

Clean Harbors can provide routine pickup of your household hazardous waste as well as emergency or short-notice pickups from your permanent location. If your permanent collection facility or depot only requires transportation and disposal of waste materials, Clean Harbors can partner with your program to provide these services.

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Mobile Collection Programs

Mobile Collection Programs

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These events are an alternative when siting a permanent or temporary HHW location is impractical.

Clean Harbors facilitates mobile Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection programs for communities located beyond a defined distance from a permanent collection site. 

Clean Harbors can help communities to plan and implement mobile household hazardous waste collection events, an efficient alternative when siting a permanent household hazardous waste location is prohibited. Advantages of mobile programs include:

  • Increased participation. Mobile household hazardous waste collection programs allow customers to reach a new sector of the population that might not otherwise travel to a permanent center.
  • Flexible household hazardous waste collection schedule. Customers can select the dates and times of event operations based upon their needs.

Our household hazardous waste specialists can alert you to new regulations and changes to existing rules and assist with compliance. We also assist with reporting and provide technical support.

Utilizing our extensive network of internal resources for staffing, transportation and waste management, Clean Harbors provides turnkey services for your mobile collection program.

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Door-to-Door Collection Programs

Door-to-Door Collection Programs

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The program includes a toll-free number for residents to request an HHW pick up.

From planning and implementation to materials handling and reporting, Clean Harbors facilitates safe, convenient door-to-door Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection events for communities. Door-to-door collection is convenient for residents and extends service to traditionally underserved demographics such as the elderly and homebound residents or people who cannot drive to household hazardous waste collection sites. 

Why Partner with Clean Harbors?

In addition to our unmatched technical and regulatory expertise, Clean Harbors offers other benefits to those organizing door-to-door household hazardous waste collections, such as:

  • Co-payment collection. Many household hazardous waste collections include a co-payment for each household hazardous waste pickup to help offset program costs. Clean Harbors collects and processes the co-payment, saving you the administrative burden.
  • Survey administration and reporting. Our staff administers your specially designed program survey either during the pre-screening appointment process or at the point of collection. Data is compiled and presented in report format.
  • Program reporting. We routinely provide our clients with custom, program-related reporting on areas such as waste collection, program participation, waste management methods and financial data. 
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Universal Waste Programs

Universal Waste Programs

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Our specialists are available to provide full technical support for your program.

Clean Harbors helps to develop and implement Universal Waste Programs and provides recycling and disposal for the collected materials.

Universal waste is specially designated hazardous material that is subject to streamlined collection requirements. Universal waste items include batteries, pesticides, mercury-containing thermostats and lamps. Our goal is to ease the regulatory burden on businesses and promote proper recycling, treatment or disposal.

For communities that wish to offer universal waste recycling, Clean Harbors can help plan events and dispose of or recycle the materials. Once your Universal Waste Program is up and running, we provide routine service or on-call collection of waste. We can also plan and operate one-day, targeted universal waste collection events in your community.

Universal waste collection can be an intimidating process. But Clean Harbors expert staff guides you every step of the way, ensuring a safe and successful event that residents are sure to appreciate.

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Special Waste Events

Special Waste Events

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Clean Harbors designs and operates Special Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Events that allow you to focus collection efforts on high volume or problematic waste streams.

Special waste collection events are often eligible for grant funding and are less costly to operate than full-scale household hazardous waste program collection events. They also provide a greater collection and recycling opportunity for the community, accepting household hazardous waste such as:

  • Electronic waste (e-waste) – computer monitors, TVs, computer components and consumer electronic devices
  • Pharmaceutical waste – prescription medications, over-the-counter medications and personal products
  • Mercury waste – mercury from thermometers, switches, lamps, lights and thermostats
  • Recycle-only waste – recyclable household hazardous waste such as antifreeze, batteries, oil and paint

Clean Harbors Special Waste Events provide a valuable opportunity for residents and engender goodwill in the community. 

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Small Quantity Generator Programs

Small Quantity Generator Programs

Clean Harbors helps eligible entities to manage their Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator (CESQG) Programs.

Entities that generate small quantities of hazardous waste may be conditionally exempt from many state, federal and provincial regulations if they deliver the waste to permitted collection sites. As hazardous waste management experts, Clean Harbors helps eligible businesses collect, transport and dispose of all their waste material. We can also schedule appointments, quote disposal prices and collect the disposal fee. 

Regulatory and Technical Assistance 

Clean Harbors specialists provide regulatory assistance at the local, state, provincial and federal levels. We also assist with reporting and provide technical support.

Companies that expel a minimal amount of hazardous waste rely on Clean Harbors to help them take advantage of the applicable hazardous waste generating exemption, and thus benefit from cost and time savings.

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Consulting Services

Consulting Services

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From assessment, planning and development to deployment and monitoring, Clean Harbors offers comprehensive Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Consulting Services.

Planning ahead is crucial to efficient household hazardous waste management. Clean Harbors can help devise or edit plans for your event or situation. We also offer training on-site or at a Clean Harbors location.  

In addition, we provide customized, program-related reporting on areas such as waste collection, program participation, waste management methods and financial data. 

Grant Preparation 

When grant funding is available for your household hazardous waste collection event, our specialists can assist in developing a funding strategy, preparing grant applications and providing required reporting throughout the grant term.

Whether you’re planning a one-day event or a permanent site, Clean Harbors offers comprehensive household hazardous waste collection event consulting to ensure successful events and community support. 

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