When buying battery-powered products, choose those that operate on solar power. (Or better yet, choose ones that require no power at all.) And remember,
when buying electronic toys or other portable gifts, include rechargeable batteries with them.
Most batteries can be brought to
HazoHouse. However, HazoHouse no longer
accepts alkaline batteries and has a limit of 3 car
batteries per residential customer, per day.
To find the location of a battery recycler that
accepts alkaline and other batteries, refer to the
Where Do I Take My?...
(Public Works) website. Portable rechargeable batteries can
also be dropped off at many retail locations throughout Thurston County.
To find a location near you, see either the
Where Do I Take My?... or the Call2Recycle® website.
Some batteries (rechargeable, NiCad, lithium, silver oxide, button) can retain a charge; to prevent any problems while storing or transporting the used batteries, place them
individually in a sealed plastic bag, or tape (use electrical, duct, or masking) the terminals.
Fluorescent lights contain mercury, a hazardous material, and cannot be disposed of in the garbage. To find out which retailers take back fluorescent bulbs, see
How to Safely Dispose of Fluorescent Bulbs (Public
Works). If you break a bulb, learn how to clean it up at Fluorescent Lights —
Broken Bulb Cleanup [PDF]. ...more
Find out what you can do to help reduce waste during the holidays. ...more
It's illegal in Washington to dispose of motor oil in landfills or pour
it down storm drains, on the ground, or in surface waters.
Learn how and where to recycle your used motor oil. ...more
Drugs, Pharmaceuticals & Needles
Drugs / Pharmaceuticals — Medicine Return
Old medications should not be left in
unsecured medicine cabinets, and are not safe to
dump in the trash or down the drain.
Accidental poisonings and intentional misuse of
medications is a serious problem. Please
take unwanted medicines to an accepted location
for medicine disposal.
Click here for a
list of sites in Thurston county that accept
prescription drugs and other medications.
For additional information, see
"A Safer Way to
Dispose of Unwanted Household Medicines"
[PDF] or visit Medicine Return by the Northwest Product Stewardship Council.
Needles / Syringes (Sharps)
Sharps must be placed in a sharps container or
plastic 2-liter bottle, such as a soda bottle, with a tight-fitting lid or cap
(do not use water bottles, which are not as
strong). Tighten the lid and seal with
tape. Place a label on the outside of the container or bottle indicating "syringes" or "sharps".
Properly prepared sharps containers may be placed in