What to do with Household Hazardous Waste



Cayuga County provides household hazardous waste collection events for county residents, including city of Auburn residents, to properly dispose of old chemicals and outdated supplies of hazardous products.

Organizers want to remind residents that product labels containing the words "caution", "danger", "warning" or "poison" should be treated with special care. Other words on labels that can signal consumers of hazardous products include "corrosive", "toxic", "flammable" and "explosive". These wastes should be stored properly until a collection event. Please store wastes in original containers away from extreme temperatures and out of reach of children. Product labels may also state other specific precautions.

What To Bring To A HHW Collection Event:

  • Pesticides (herbicides, insecticides, fungicides)
  • Mercury & Mercury Products (ie. thermometers)
  • Adhesives
  • Polish and Waxes
  • Solvents
  • Corrosives (acids, lye)
  • Pool Chemicals
  • Driveway sealers
  • Oil-based Paint and Stains
  • Household Cleaning Products
  • Miscellaneous Vehicle Fluids
  • Home Chemistry Sets
  • Aerosol Cans that contain hazardous products


Please DO NOT Bring:

Tires, Latex Paint, Water Based Paint, Ammunition, Smoke Detectors, Medical Waste, Radioactive Waste, Explosives, Asbestos, Children or Pets.

Use the Everyday Disposal Options for the following wastes (Please note, in order to view this information, you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. If you do not have this software, click here to download a free copy now):

For those who cannot wait for the next Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off Day, due to a pending real estate transaction or other reason, at least one year round disposal option exists:

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Fact Sheets

Several fact sheets about various hazardous wastes are available at no cost from Cornell Cooperative Extension of Cayuga County. If you would like information on how to dry leftover latex paint, motor oil, antifreeze, non-hazardous cleaning alternatives, or rechargeable and lead acid batteries call (315) 255-1183. Fact sheets are also available here on rechargeable battery recycling, motor oil recycling and what to do with leftover paint. (Please note, in order to view this information, you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. If you do not have this software, click here to download a free copy now).