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Residential Recycling in Mecklenburg County
List of Household Hazardous Waste Materials 

Recycle your cooking oils and grease at the Mecklenburg County Full Service Drop Centers.
Do not put oil or grease down your drains!

Hazardous materials that can be recycled include:

Kitchen and Bath:

Cooking oils and grease, air freshener, aerosols, general cleaning gents, disinfectant, drain cleaner, floor cleaner, hair color, hair permanent, hair spray, hydrogen peroxide, isopropyl alcohol, mildew remover, nail polish and remover.


arsenic, herbicides (link to EPA)  fertilizers, insecticides (link to EPA), insect repellent, rodent killer.

Compact Fluorescent Bulbs

Recyclable Batteries:
Alternate locations.


aerosols, cleaning agents, asphalt/roofing tar, glues/adhesives, paint, paint thinner, paint and varnish remover, strippers, solvents, flammable oils, gasoline, kerosene, antifreeze, car wax,  motor oil, household batteries (alkaline and nickel-cadmium, i.e. camcorder, laptop, camera, flashlight batteries, etc), lead acid (car) batteries, photography chemicals, fluorescent light bulbs, pool chemicals, other chemicals.


air freshener, aerosols, general cleaning agents, carper cleaner, furniture cleaner, shoe polish, pet supplies, dry cleaning agents, mothballs. 

Unacceptable Materials:

Ammunition, gun powder, explosives, radioactive materials, and bio-infectious material.

Tires - take to one of the four full service recycling centers.

Pharmaceuticals - special instructions.

Smoke detectors - either return to place of purchase or leave at one of the full service drop off centers (see link above).

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