Household Hazardous Waste Collection

Make an appointment online or give us a call at 307-733-7678.

What is Considered Hazardous Waste

Check the labels for toxicity. All hazardous products exhibit at least one of these properties:

Corrosive symbol
  • Corrosive: Can burn skin on contact and eat away the surface of other materials.
Explosive/Reactive symbol
  • Explosive/Reactive: A substance that can react with air, water, or another substance to produce toxic vapors or an explosion.
Flammable symbol
  • Flammable: Can easily ignite and burn rapidly. Note: Inflammable means flammable.
Toxic symbol
  • Toxic: Can cause injury or death when inhaled, eaten, swallowed, or absorbed through the skin.

Ways to Avoid Hazardous Waste

  • Avoid pesticides
  • Buy only quantities needed
  • Buy products that are earth-friendly
  • Choose water based paints
  • Learn to read labels for toxicity
  • Make your own eco-friendly cleaning products
    • Drain cleaners: Pour 1/4 cup baking soda down the drain, followed by 1/2 cup vinegar; cover and let sit for 15 minutes then flush with boiling water
    • Glass cleaner: Use equal parts vinegar and water mixture

How to dispose of water based paint?

The Household Hazardous Waste Facility does not accept latex or water based paints. These paints can be thrown in the regular trash when dry and solid. An easy way to tell if the paint is water-based is if the directions specify soap and water clean-up.

Directions for drying:

1. Remove paint can lid. Stir paint.

2. Add one part absorbent (kitty litter, floor dry, bentonite) to two parts paint and       mix well.

3. Leave lid off to let dry.

4. Paint will be solid and dry in about 24 hours. It will look like dried cottage               cheese.

5. It is safe to throw in the trash. Leave the lid off so your collector can see that         the paint is solid.  


What to do when you bring your materials for disposal?

  • Make an appointment in advance using the link at the top of this page or by calling 733-7678. 
  • Take an inventory of your materials. 
  • Try to bring substances in their original containers. If they are not in their original containers please label them. 
  • When transporting, make sure all containers are securely sealed.?
  • If possible, do not bring children or pets with you. If it can't be avoided, please separate hazardous substances from yourself, children and pets during transport.
  • Turn off your vehicle when you enter the carport.
  • Please refrain from talking on your cell phone while dropping off waste.
  • When you arrive at the facility, please park and wait for further instructions.  Do not remove your waste, our staff will remove it for you. 


Why is it important to dispose of HHW properly?

  • Substances poured into household drains and toilets go into sewage treatment process, eventually impacting fish and wildlife.
  • Substances pour onto soil, streets, or into storm drains are carried to our streams, causing harm to our environment, fish and wildlife.
  • Hazardous waste that reach our landfills can leach into soil and pollute groundwater.
  • Throwing hazardous waste into the garbage can threaten sanitation workers, who can be injured by acids, fires and explosions. 

Disposing of Medical Waste 

Sharps (Needles, Syringes)

Teton County Public Health invites residents to place used sharps in plastic containers no larger than two quarts and deposit the container into the receptacle located at Teton County Public Health at 460 East Pearl Avenue. Public Health staff will then ensure the sharps are properly disposed. 


Prescription Drugs

Prescription drugs can be dropped off a the Teton County Sheriff's office in a drop box located at 180 S. King Street. 

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