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Household Chemical Waste cannot be placed in dumpsters, compactors or curbside!
Residential Household Chemical Waste is accepted at the Lee County Solid Waste Division's HCW drop-off facility located at 6441 Topaz Court in Fort Myers, off Metro Parkway. This facility is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and every first Saturday of the month from 8 a.m. to noon (except holidays).
Household Chemical Waste (HCW) refers to those products used in and around the house -- not used for industrial purposes. These are products that can be harmful to people and the environment if not disposed of properly. HCW cannot be placed in the household garbage for pick up by the garbage company.
Never dump household chemical waste down a storm drain or into soil!
HCW can be categorized into these groups:
Ignitable: capable of rapidly burning or causing a fire
Corrosive: capable of eating away materials and destroying living tissue when contact occurs
Explosive and/or Reactive: capable of causing an explosion or releasing poisonous fumes when exposed to air, water or other chemicals
Toxic: poisonous, either immediately or over a long period of time
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the average home often accumulates as much as 100 pounds of HCW.
What Isn't Household Chemical Waste?
Please note that empty paint cans, empty automotive fluid containers, etc. should not be taken to the Household Chemical Waste drop-off facility. Empty containers go in the household garbage for disposal.