HAZARDOUS WASTE

The El Paso County Household Hazardous Waste Facility (HHWF) is located at 3255 Akers Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80922. The facility is open to accept hazardous waste Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:45 p.m. and the second Saturday of each month from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Call 719-520-7878 for information.

Typical household hazardous waste is accepted from El Paso and Teller County residents at no charge. All other select waste for businesses is subject to approval and fees. Please call for more information.

NOTE: If you have paint totaling more than 50 gallons and/or a large load of hazardous waste items, an appointment is required. Please call 719-520-7879 or email KathyAndrew@elpasoco.com to schedule the appointment and for further questions.

For all non-El Paso/Teller county residents, please visit the Colorado Department of Health & Environment’s list of hazardous waste collection programs to find the site nearest you.

  • Do not mix products
  • Do not place chemicals in a plastic bag. Stand upright in a box or a tub.
  • Keep products in the original containers
  • Secure products so they won’t leak
  • Ensure the container is clean and free of leaves and other debris
  • Motor oil is limited to 10 gallons per household per month and must come in a container that can be left at the site. The container must be no larger than 5 gallons and must be clean and free of debris.
  • We accept items that contain mercury (thermometers and thermostats). Please call 520-7878 to verify acceptance or referrals for all other items containing mercury.
  • Click the Household Hazardous Waste Information button below for more details.

The HHWF accepts most electronics. CRT TVs must be 20″ or smaller. Flat-screens must be 40″ or smaller only. You may contact our office for referrals on larger sizes and for businesses. Refer to the HHWF Information button below for more details. Visit the Clean Sweep event page for quarterly events when we will accept all size TVs.

The Household Hazardous Waste Facility also has a Free Item area for usable household paints/paint products and chemicals (automotive, household, lawn & garden). Hours for this service are Mondays, Tuesdays, & Thursdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Specific items, paint colors, and quantities are subject to availability. All items are on a first come, first serve basis.


MEDICATIONS

In accordance with Colorado State Law, the El Paso County Household Hazardous Waste Facility cannot accept medication of any type.

6 Colorado Code of Regulations 1010-23 effective July 1, 2016

This regulation governs the Colorado Household Medication Take-Back Program established in Section 25-15-328, C.R.S. In order to collect household medications as an approved participant in the Program, a collector shall:

Be a law enforcement agency; or a DEA-registered location of a retail pharmacy or a hospital/clinic with an on-site pharmacy, whose registrations have been modified consistent with DEA requirements described in Title 21 CFR Part 1301.51, as amended, to authorize collection of controlled substances.

Household medications include controlled substances approved for collection by federal law, prescription drugs, and over-the-counter medications in the possession of an individual.

See the Medication Disposal Information button below for more information and a list of approved disposal locations in El Paso and Teller Counties.