Waste Chart

The following chart will help you determine the most effective means of disposing of typical hazardous wastes used around your home or garden.

Blue (●) dots indicate products that can be poured down the drain (sanitary sewer) with plenty of water.

Orange (●) dots indicate materials which cannot be poured down the drain, but can be safely disposed of in a sanitary landfill.

Red (●) dots indicate hazardous wastes that should be taken to a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center (WCC).

Green (●) dots in the fourth column indicate recyclable material. These are items you may place in the recycling bin.

Type of Waste Drain Landfill WCC Recycle
Aerosol cans (empty)
Aerosol cans (with product)
Aluminum cleaners
Ammonia-based cleaners
Bug sprays
Drain cleaners
Floor care products
Furniture polish
Metal polish with solvent
Oven cleaner (lye base)
Window cleaner
Type of Waste Drain Landfill WCC Recycle
Alcohol-based lotions (aftershaves, perfumes, etc.)
Bathroom cleaners
Hair relaxers
Mercury thermometers
Nail polish (solidified)
Permanent lotions for hair
Pharmaceuticals (expired)
Toilet bowl cleaner
Tub and tile cleaners

Type of Waste Drain Landfill WCC Recycle
Automatic transmission fluid
Auto body repair products
Battery acid (or battery)
Brake fluid
Car wax with solvent
Diesel fuel
Fuel oil
Metal polish with solvent
Motor oil
Other oils
Oil filters
Tires Take to auto tire retailer
Windshield washer solution

Type of Waste Drain Landfill WCC Recycle
Aerosol cans (empty)
Aerosol cans (with product)
Glue (solvent based)
Glue (water based)
Paint brush cleaner with solvent
Paint brush cleaner with TSP
Paint - latex (liquid)
Paint - latex (solidified)
Paint - oil based
Paint - auto
Paint - model
Paint stains
Paint stripper
Paint stripper (lye base)
Paint thinner
Rust remover (with phosphoric acid)
Wood preservative

Type of Waste Drain Landfill WCC Recycle
Rat poison
Weed killer

Type of Waste Drain Landfill WCC Recycle
All batteries
Ammunition (spent cartridges only)
Artists' paints, mediums
Dry cleaning solvents
Explosives (live ammunition) Give to someone who can use it.
Fiberglass epoxy
Fire extinguishers
Fluorescent lights
Gun cleaning solvents
Lighter fluid
Medical waste - home (sharps)
(wrap securely and label to protect the collector from injury and disease)
Mercury (batteries, necklaces, thermometers)
Moth balls
Photographic chemicals
Propane & butane cylinders Return to store where purchased
Shoe polish
Smoke detectors
Swimming pool chemicals
Waste generated by business Call TCEQ (Texas Commission on Environmental Quality) (806) 788-5005

Special thanks to the Ft. Worth Environmental Management Department for allowing us to use this chart.

Note: The City of Lubbock Solid Waste Department is in the process of acquiring a permanent Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center.