There are a number of problems that can occur when we discard hazardous household waste using common disposal methods. Recommendations for proper disposal will depend upon both the particular type of waste and the waste disposal options available in your community.
Local ordinances vary. Landfills may or may not accept certain hazardous household products. They also may vary on how they want the product to arrive at the landfill. For example, one landfill may want you to solidify (air-dry) paint and wrap the container. Another
landfill may want paint handled a different way. In
addition, waste water treatment plants may not allow
certain liquids to be poured down the drain. If you
have any questions, call your landfill, local waste
water treatment company, local waste management office
or the Extension Home Economics Agent at the North
Carolina Cooperative Extension Service center in your
Click on the links below to find out more about
the recommended disposal methods for hazardous household
Be a good citizen. Use and dispose of hazardous household waste responsibly. Call your County Extension Home Economics Agent or the local waste management agency, water treatment plant or landfill if you have questions. Make sure the disposal method you use is a safe one so that the hazardous waste does not contaminate your drinking water.
Improper disposal may allow these chemicals to contaminate soil and/or water.
Poison Control Center, 1-800 672-1697
To report products that have harmed you:
U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission, 1-800-638-2772
Household Products Disposal Council, 1-202-659-5535.
Buncombe County accepts household hazardous waste (HHW) and electronics every Friday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. at a special drop-off area at the Landfill. (Excluding Fridays around a holiday)
HHW is closed on Fridays around a holiday, please call the landfill ahead of time at 250-5462 if there is a holiday coming up and you want to know if it will be open or not.
Each week, we accept electronics from residents at no charge. Businesses will also be able to drop off electronics, but they will be charged a fee of 30 cents per pound.
The following items must be separated out of loads and brought to the electronics recycling area:
Household Hazardous Waste is also accepted on Fridays:
Television and electronics can be recycled at the landfill on Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. during the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) program.
For household quantities from residents of the county:
Businesses are permitted to recycle televisions and computer equipment at the landfill’s HHW
The following fees apply for businesses:
If you have any questions, please contact the Solid Waste Office at 250-5460 or the Landfill at (828) 250-5462.