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Proper ways to dispose of household hazardous waste materials

Submitted by STOF’s Environmental Resource Management Department

Many products used in our daily lives and discarded with our trash are similar to regulated hazardous waste produced by business and industry. Products that are corrosive, such as acids and alkalis, can be flammable, reactive or toxic. Many of these products are often found in homes, garages, workshops and gardens. Upon completing a task, residents often dispose of the containers in their regular trash bin. However that type of disposal may have environmental or safety implications. While these products are useful around the home they can create future environmental issues if not properly disposed. These items may be taken to the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Centers free of charge to residents. Types of materials which can be accepted include:

• paint
• batteries
• gasoline
• antifreeze
• pesticides and herbicides
• automotive cleaners
• brake fluid
• solvents
• fluorescent light bulbs
• garden pesticides
• household chemicals
• muriatic acid
• paint remover
• paint thinner
• pool chemicals
• re-chargeable batteries
• unknown chemicals
• water sealers
• wood preservatives

Tribal members who live on any reservation can call:
Seminole Tribe: (All Reservations)
Public Works Solid Waste Department
(866) 625-5376

Tribal members who live off reservation may find it more convenient to contact a county run collection center for disposal:

Highlands County: Highlands County Recycling Center
6000 Skipper Road
Sebring, FL
(863) 402-7786

Hendry County: Hendry County Recycling
1360 Forestry Division Road
LaBelle, FL
(863) 675-5252

St. Lucie County: Solid Waste Baling & Recycling Facility
6120 Glades Cut-Off Road
Fort Pierce, FL 34981
(772) 462-1768

Polk County: 7425 De Castro Rd.
Winter Haven, FL 33880
(863) 284-4319 ext. 242

Hillsborough County: Sheldon Rd Household Hazardous Waste Center
9805 Sheldon Road Tampa, FL 33635
(813) 272-5680

Broward County:
Various locations across the county. Call (954) 765-4999