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Household Hazardous Waste Facility




Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility

  • The Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility allows Tennessee residents to dispose of common hazardous materials generated within their residence.
  • State issued driver's license required showing residency within Tennessee must be present during time of drop off.
  • Trained staff are on site and ready to accept household hazardous materials. 
  • The attendant has the right to refuse unidentifiable material.
  • All of the items collected are properly managed to be either reused, recycled, or disposed of in compliance with all federal, state, and local laws.

4063 North Hawthorne Street
Chattanooga, TN 37406 (map)
(423) 643-6311

Travel north on North Hawthorne Street until the end of the road.  Facility is within the Wood Recycle Center.

Hours of Operation
Tuesday through Saturday: 8AM to 3PM

Holiday Schedule

Closed on New Years Day, Martin Luther King Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Juneteenth, July 4th, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas. 
Common Items Accepted  
Adhesives Oil based paint
Air conditioning refrigerants Oven cleaners
Carburetor cleaners Paint remover/thinner
Compact fluorescent tubes Pesticides
Computer related electronics Propane tanks or bottles (nothing larger than 30lbs)
Drain openers Smoke detectors
Gasoline Starter fluids
Fire extinguishers Thermostats
Fungicides Wet cell batteries
Grease & rust solvents Wood & metal cleaners
Herbicides Wood preservatives
Insecticides  Kerosene
Motor Oil & vehicle fluids  Dry Cell Batteries
Items NOT Accepted  
Ammunition Medical waste
Biological Waste Non computer electronics
Commercial hazardous waste Radioactive waste
Explosives Unidentifiable waste

Latex Paint

Yard waste

This facility accepts only residential hazardous materials. Businesses must contact a commercial hazardous waste collection hauler for proper disposal. 15 gallons or 150 pounds is the maximum amount of material that can be dropped off per household.

Reduce Waste

  • This facility helps to keep household hazardous waste out of the normal waste stream where it is harmful to the environment.
  • Household hazardous waste includes many items used to keep homes clean and lawns maintained.
  • One way to reduce the amount of household hazardous waste generated is to use all of the material. This means buying only the amount needed to do the job.
  • If materials are left over, ask a friend, neighbor, or community organization if they need it before disposing. This may save a trip to the household hazardous waste facility and may help others.

Household Hazardous Waste

Toxic & Poisonous - Capable of causing injury or death through ingestion, inhalation, or skin absorption.
Corrosive - Can eat away materials and living tissue by chemical reaction.
Reactive - Can react with air, water, or other substances and result in explosions or toxic fumes.
Flammable & Combustible - Can undergo spontaneous combustion at relatively low temperature thereby presenting a significant fire hazard.

Storing and Transporting

  • Store materials in dry and well ventilated areas.
  • Keep away from children, pets, food, and heat sources.
  • Keep products sealed and in original containers. Always store materials upright to avoid spills.
  • Clean spills immediately.
  • When transporting materials for disposal, place leaking containers in a sturdy, sealed container (5 gallon max) packed with an absorbent material such as cat litter or crumpled newspaper. A heavy duty plastic bag may also be used.
  • Materials should be transported in the vehicle's trunk in case of spills.
  • Secure containers so they are upright and immobile.

Funded by an agreement with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation and the City of Chattanooga.

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1250 Market Street
Chattanooga TN 37402 (map)
(423) 643-6311  


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