Household Hazardous Waste

The Town of Queen Creek has partnered with the Town of Gilbert to offer residents, with an active Town of Queen Creek trash & recycling services billing (must subscribe to both services), an environmentally safe and responsible way to dispose of household hazardous waste (HHW) at no extra charge. The HHW program vouchers are available during normal business hours and are on a first-come, first-serve basis and only 25 vouchers will be issued per month.

  • Disposal of HHW at the facility shall not exceed seventy (70) pounds per vehicle.
  • Residents shall not be permitted to deliver HHW to the facility unless they present a driver’s license showing a current home address in Queen Creek and a Town-issued voucher.
  • A Town-issued voucher is required prior to taking your HHW to the Gilbert facility.
  • The Town of Gilbert does not accept commercial chemicals, radioactive materials or medical waste.
  • The HHW facility is for non-commercial use only.

The following acceptable materials can be brought to the HHW facility.  

Acceptable Materials


Unacceptable Materials

Adhesives

 

Ammunition/Fireworks

Automobile Tires (rimless, limit 5)

 

Appliances

Antifreeze


Commercial (Business) Waste

Batteries/Light Bulbs

 

Explosive Material

Cell Phones


Home-Generated Medical Waste

Computer Equipment

 

Radioactive Waste

Cooking Oil


Prescription Drugs

Household Cleaners

 

Items in Plastic Trash Bags

Pesticides

 

Tractor tires

Pool Chemicals

 

 

Propane Tanks

 

 

Solvents/Thinners

 


Motor Oil

 


6-gallons of Paints/Stains/Varnishes

 


Useable latex paint



 

 

 

Directions to the HHW Collection Facility in Gilbert:

The Facility is located at the South Area Service Center on the northwest corner of Greenfield and Queen Road. The address for the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility is 2224 E. Queen Creek Road. The entrance is a ½ block West of Greenfield off of Queen Creek Rd.

The hours of operation of the Town of Gilbert HHW facility are as follows:
Wednesday and Friday – 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Saturday – 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

When bringing waste to the Town of Gilbert Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility:

  • Bring only acceptable materials. (see list on above)
  • Do not mix different materials together
  • Be certain that all product containers are original and labels are legible
  • Tightly seal materials in their containers and transport them to the facility in the trunk or bed of your vehicle
  • Bring picture I.D. or most recent trash bill (single-family home)
  • Please do not put items in plastic trash bags, Instead, use cardboard boxes instead.
  • Disposal of HHW at the facility shall not exceed seventy (70) pounds per vehicle. Residents shall not be permitted to deliver HHW to the facility unless they present a driver’s license showing a current home address in Queen Creek and a Town issued voucher.

Pool Chemicals:
Pool chemicals, which contain chlorine, can combust spontaneously if contaminated by organic materials creating an extremely hazardous fire. When carrying in your vehicle, makes sure pool chemicals are separated from used oil, grease, organic materials such as acids and are in secure, tightly closed containers.

Motor Oil:
Used motor oil can be poured into clean containers, such as gallon milk jugs, and tightly sealed. Avoid using containers that were used for cleaning products, bleach, antifreeze, solvents, gasoline or other chemicals that can contaminate the oil. 

Computers / Electronic Equipment:
Old computers and other electronic devices such as televisions, cell phones, stereos, and virtually anything that can be plugged into a wall outlet may be taken to the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility to be recycled. All personal information is erased from the hard drive for security.

Automobile Tires:
Southeast Waste Tire Collection Site, 11400 Pecos Road, Queen Creek (987-2498) will accept up to five tires annually from each Maricopa County resident. For more information, call Maricopa County at (602) 506-4006.

Tires may also be brought to the Household Hazardous Waste Collection facility. Please remove tires from rims and limit to 5 tires per household. Non passenger vehicle tires from vehicles such as tractors, tractor trailers, and heavy equipment are not accepted at the HHW Facility. Contact Southeast Waste Tire Collection Site for more information.

Any County landfill will accept up to five (5) tires annually from each Maricopa County resident. For more information, call the Maricopa County Solid Waste Office at 480-987-2498, or the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality at 602-207-2300.

Swap Shop:
While dropping off household hazardous wastes come visit our Swap Shop. We offer many household products such as cleaners, detergents, weed killer, bug spray, and a variety of items dropped off at the HHW Facility that are still useable and often times brand new and never opened. We also have 5 gallon buckets of latex paint that are available for Town residents. The paint comes in light brown (tan), and gray. Quantities are limited to 25 gallons per resident during time when there is a high demand for the recycled paint. Currently, there is a waiting list for brown and tan colored paint. Swap Shop items can vary and are limited to a first come first served basis.

Antifreeze

  • Maricopa County Environmental: 602-771-4673
  • Central Arizona Transfer Station, 5362 E. Hunt Highway, Queen Creek 520-723-9426
  • Pinal County Residents: Pinal County Public Works: 520-866-6685

Batteries

  •  Alkaline and other types of batteries:
     Batteries Plus
  • Car Batteries:
    Wal-mart (Tire and Lube), 21055 E. Rittenhouse Road, Queen Creek  480-457-1158
    Autozone , 21263 E. Rittehouse Road, Queen Creek  480-987-034
    EMCO Recycling, 1112 W. Birchwood Ave., Mesa, AZ  480-966-1478
    Interstate Battery of Phoenix, 4747 S. Pinal, Apache Junction, AZ  480-982-4554

**Home Depot, Lowes and Radio Shack do not accept alkaline batteries.

Computers and Computer Equipment/Electronics

The Town hosts electronics recycling events throughout the year. You can click on this link to see which upcoming events will have electronics recycling. Acceptable recyclable items include, but are not limited to: computers, hard drives, keyboards, mouse, cords, cables, wires, power supplies, monitors, DVD players, TVs, radios, stereos, cell phones, printers, steel, copper, and aluminum.
  •    Batteries Plus - including cordless phones, tools and two-way radios, camcorders.

Light Bulbs/Fluorescent Lights

Also accepted are portable electronic devices such as cell/smartphones, laptop/netbooks, MP3s and portable tools for recycling. Fees may apply.

Motor Oil - Used

Do not mix oil with antifreeze, gas or any other product. Please check the local telephone directory for a location near you, or take used motor oil to a local collection site, such as:
  • Wal-mart, 21055 E. Rittenhouse Road, Queen Creek  480-457-1158
  • Autozone, 21264 E. Rittenhouse Road, Queen Creek  480-987-0344
  • O'Reilly Auto Parts, 23980 S. Power Road, Queen Creek 480-988-9158

Paint

Follow these instructions before putting any leftover paint in trash: 

    Benefits of Proper Household Hazardous Waste Management
    According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), leftover household products that contain corrosive, toxic, ignitable or reactive ingredients are considered to be Household Hazardous Waste (HHW). Products such as paints, cleaners, oils, batteries and pesticides that contain potentially hazardous ingredients require special care when you dispose of them.

    Reduction and recycling of HHW conserves resources and energy that would be expended in the production of more products. Reuse can save money and reduce the need for generating hazardous substances. Proper disposal prevents pollution that could endanger human health and the environment.

    Improper disposal of HHW includes pouring it down the drain, on the ground, into storm sewers or, in some cases, putting it out with the trash. The dangers of such disposal methods might not be immediately obvious, but improper disposal of HHW can pollute the environment and pose a threat to human health. Many communities in the United States offer a variety of options for conveniently and safely managing HHW. Go to Earth911 to learn more.

    Reduction at Home

    The EPA recommends reducing your purchase of products that contain hazardous ingredients by learning about the use of alternative methods or products—without hazardous ingredients—for some common household needs.

    To avoid the potential risks associated with HHW, it's important to always monitor the use, storage and disposal of products with potentially hazardous substances in your home. Listed below are a couple of things the EPA suggests individuals keep in mind when dealing with HHW.

    • Use and store products containing hazardous substances carefully to prevent any accidents at home. Never store hazardous products in food containers; keep them in their original containers and never remove labels. Corroding containers require special handling. When leftovers remain, never mix HHW with other products. Incompatible products might react, ignite or explode, and contaminated HHW might become un-recyclable.
    • Remember to follow any instructions for use and disposal provided on product labels. Call your local environmental, health or solid waste agency for instructions on proper use and disposal and to learn about local HHW drop-off programs and upcoming collection days. 

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