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Household Hazardous Waste                                                                 


What is Household Hazardous Waste?

Any unused products found in a household that can be toxic, flammable, corrosive, reactive, or contain hazardous ingredients may be household hazardous waste (HHW). Below are some examples of HHW products.

Cleaning Products

  • Bathroom Cleaner
  • Bleach
  • Ammonia
  • Drain Opener
  • Lime Away
  • Pool Chemicals
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Toilet Cleaners
  • Oven Cleaners
  • Floor Cleaners
  • Metal Polish

Medical Waste

  • Needles
  • Old or Unused Medication


  • Gasoline
  • Paint Thinner
  • Paint
  • Brake Fluids
  • Lighter Fluid
  • Transmission Fluid
  • Insect Spray


  • Pesticides and Fertilizers
  • Rat Poison
  • Empty Propane Tanks
  • Aerosol Cans
  • Hair Relaxers
  • Nail Polish and Remover
  • Batteries
  • Wood Preservatives


Why is Proper Disposal Important?

Improper disposal of HHW, by pouring them down the sink, storm water drains, on the ground, or placing them in the trash, can pose a risk to the City of Bloomington Utilities employees, the general public, and our environment. To protect public health and the environment, it is important to dispose of HHW properly.

Where to Properly Dispose of HHW?

Monroe County Solid Waste Management District (MCSWMD)

You may dispose of HHW as indicated below at the following MCSWMD locations:

3400 S. Walnut St, Bloomington, IN

  • Sharps Container
  • Pharmaceuticals including controlled substances.
  • Hazardous Cleaning Waste
  • Flammable Liquids
  • Mercury
  • Paint Exchange and Disposal
  • Motor Vehicle Fluids and Waste
  • Gasoline
  • Aerosol Cans
  • Smoke Detectors
  • Freon containing appliances with a Freon removal fee

3400 S. Walnut St, Bloomington, IN

  • Batteries
  • Motor Oil, Antifreeze, and Oil Filters

400 W. Dillman Rd, Bloomington, IN

  • Batteries
  • Motor Oil, Antifreeze, and Oil Filters

341 N. Oard Rd, Bloomington, IN

  • Batteries
  • Motor Oil, Antifreeze, and Oil Filters

6200 North Matthews Drive, Ellettsville, IN

  • Batteries
  • Motor Oil, Antifreeze, and Oil Filters


The following items are not accepted at any MCSWMD locations:

  • Radioactive substances including medication
  • Asbestos
  • Explosive substances including ammunition
  • Tires

Visit the MCSWD for further information at

Additional sites for waste drop off: 

IU Health Bloomington Lobby
601 W. 2nd St, Bloomington, IN

  • Pharmaceuticals including controlled substances


CVS Pharmacy
2701 East 3rd St, Bloomington, IN

  • Pharmaceuticals