2015 household hazardous waste graphic UAB
Some materials collected in 2014
As part of UAB's Earth Week celebration, we are partnering with One Stop Environmental and Technical Knock Out to put on a Household Hazardous & Electronic Waste Collection at the UAB Recycling Center located at 620 11th St. South.

Household hazardous wastes (HHW) are common materials found in the home (cleaners, solvents, paint) that would be classified and regulated as hazardous waste if generated by industries (or colleges, hospitals and research labs). However, HHW is not subject to the same stringent rules as regular hazardous waste and much of it is improperly disposed of or allowed to build up to dangerous levels in homes.

UAB's collection event will be held on Friday, April 10, 2015 from 10 am - 2 pm. It is open only to UAB students, faculty and staff so bring your ID along with your waste. Take this opportunity to rid your home of these dangerous items.

Acceptable items:
  • Acids - muriatic (brick cleaners, concrete cleaners,etc..) and sulfuric (drain cleaners, etc...)
  • Aerosols - starting fluids, paints, lubricants, cleaners
  • Automotive fluids - used oil, antifreeze, old fuel, transmission fluid, brake fluid
  • Bases - Drano, lye, some oven cleaners
  • Batteries
  • Electronics - this includes anything that plugs in: computers, printers, copiers, telephones, tapes/CDs, battery backups, microwaves, washers/dryers, dishwashers, refrigerators, blenders, coffee makers, vacuum cleaners, stereos, speakers, VCRs, radios, irons, hair dryers, lamps, fans, cordless tools, etc. and any metal such as shelving/file cabinets. However, no TVs)
  • Household cleaners - bleach, ammonia, etc...
  • Light bulbs
  • Paints, and related materials –latex and oil based
  • Pesticides
  • Solvents - acetone, mineral spirits, etc...
Not Acceptable items:
  • Ammunition
  • Explosives of any kind
  • Fertilizers
  • Fireworks
  • Medical waste
  • Mercury/mercury containing material - thermometers, etc.
  • Pool chemicals
  • Tires
  • TVs

EPA resource: Sure, your home is clean... but is it safe for your family?