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Household Hazardous Waste Disposal, Public Works, City of Falls Church, VA

HazardNext Event:
  • Saturday, August 23, 2014
    217 Gordon Road
    9 am- 12 pm
The City hosts a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event once a year. Download the 2013 Flyer that includes a list of acceptable items.

Household hazardous waste refers to used or leftover contents of consumer products that contain materials with one of the four characteristics of a hazardous waste: toxic, ignitable, corrosive or reactive. Household hazardous wastes, such as cleaners, automotive fluids, herbicides, pesticides, oil-based paints, and thinners should not be disposed with regular trash. Learn more about common items that can be harmful to humans and the environment if thrown in the trash through the Northern Virginia Regional Commission's Know Toxics Program.

Improper disposal of even a small amount of hazardous waste can have major adverse impacts on our air, water, and soil and may result in death or serious bodily injury.

The safest way for residents to dispose of household hazardous waste is to bring it to one of the City's collection events or to the permanent collection facility in Fairfax County, free of charge. (The City's fee to dispose of residential refuse at the Fairfax County Transfer Station entitles City residents to use the Fairfax County Facility.) The household hazardous waste is disposed or recycled according to local, state and federal regulations.

4618 West Ox Road, Fairfax, VA
703-324-5068 (TTY 711)

All City of Falls Church residents may use this facility for no charge; proof of residency is required.

  • Keep products in their original containers. Do not mix products.
  • Make sure lids are tightly sealed. Label materials that are not in their original containers.
  • Place leaking containers in a larger, plastic container with a tight-fitting lid.
  • Secure products upright in a cardboard box. Do not transport products in plastic bags.
  • Transport products in the back of a pickup truck or in a car trunk. Ensure adequate ventilation if transported in car passenger compartment.
  • Keep flammables out of direct sunlight and away from sources of heat, spark, flame or ignition. Do not smoke.

Items marked "YES" in the second column may be taken to the Household Hazardous Waste Permanent Collection Site or to a City of Falls Church Collection Event.
Material Accepted at Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event or Fairfax Permanent Facility? Additional Instructions
Acids YES
Aerosol sprays YES
Ammunition or explosives NO Call the City Police Department 703-241-5053
Automotive: gasoline, brake fluid, windshield wiper fluid, diesel fuel, transmission fluid and motor oil YES* *diesel fuel, transmission fluid and motor oil may be recycled in the used motor oil area of the I-66 Transfer Station (4618 W. Ox Rd., Fairfax)
Batteries: alkaline (A, AA, C, D etc.), carbon zinc NO Dispose of alkaline and carbon zinc batteries in the regular trash
Batteries: button (hearing aid and watch), rechargeable (NiCd, Ni-MH, Li-ion) YES Rechargeable batteries may also be taken to the collection box under the Police Dispatch window in City Hall
Batteries: Lead acid (SSLA, Pb), including vehicle (car, boat, motorcycle) YES* Recycle at the I-66 Transfer Station (4618 W. Ox Rd., Fairfax)
Bathroom and kitchen cleaning products:ammonia based cleaners, drain cleaners, most bathroom cleaners NO Pour ammonia-based cleaners, drain cleaners and most bathroom cleaners down the drain inside your home. NEVER pour products down storm drains or on the ground.
Cleaning products: polishes, rust removers, floor care products YES
Coal tar products (driveway, foundation and roof sealers) YES
Compressed gas cylinders NO Return to point of purchase.  Also see "Gas Propane Tanks."
Computers, TVs and Electronics NO Bring them to a City of Falls Church Recycling Extravaganza or a Fairfax County Event.
Creosote products (wood treatment products, wood sealers) YES
Fireworks and Flares NO Dispose of legal fireworks and flares in trash after first soaking in water. Contact the Fire Department, 703-221-0106, regarding illegal fireworks.
Fluorescent light bulbs (tubes and compact) YES
Gas propane tanks, small hand-type torches YES* *Tanks up to 20 pounds such as those used on gas grills may be recycled at the I-66 Transfer Station (4618 W. Ox Rd., Fairfax) for a fee.

*Return to point of purchase. Tanks over 20 pounds are not accepted at the Permanent Collection Facility.
Glue, solvent-based   YES
Glue, water-based     NO Dispose of in the trash.
Home renovation:  varnish and stains, driveway sealers YES Also see "Paint"
Inks and dyes YES
Medicines NO DO NOT flush unused medicines down the toilet. NEVER pour products down storm drains or dump on the ground. Throw unwanted medicines in the trash. Cross out your name and phone number, duct-tape the container closed and place in the trash as close to collection time as possible. Do not put containers containing medicine in the recycling. Also see "Syringes, needles and other medical sharps". Or call the City Police Department 703-241-5053 to inquire about drug take back days.
Mercury products YES
Moth balls YES
Nail polish, nail polish remover YES
Oven cleaner YES
Paint, latex (water-based) NO DRY latex paint may be safely disposed of in the regular trash. To dry the paint, add sand, kitty litter, or a paint hardener to the can. Place dry paint cans next to your trash can on collection day. Do NOT replace can lids, stack lids next to cans. NEVER leave wet paint out for collection.
Paint, oil-based and paint thinner YES
Photographic mixes NO Diluted developers, fixers, etc. can be poured down the drain inside your home. NEVER pour products down storm drains.
Poisons YES
Pool chemicals YES
Radioactive materials NO See Fairfax County's list of Hazardous Waste Disposal Companies under Business Hazardous Waste.
Shoe Polish NO Dispose of in the trash.
Smoke alarms NO Dispose of in the trash or send back to the manufacturer. Recycle rechargeable batteries contained inside. Also see "Batteries, rechargeable."
Syringes, needles and other medical sharps NO Dispose of in the trash after placing them in an empty jar with screw-on lid or a soda bottle with a screw-on lid. Mark the container "residential sharps."
Yard care products: fertilizers (lawn and garden, tree spikes) NO Dispose of in the trash. NEVER put products down storm drains.
Yard care products: pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, weed killers YES
Thursday, April 24, 2014
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300 Park Avenue, 100W
Falls Church, VA 22046

703-248-5160 (TTY 711)
703-248-5336 fax

8 a.m.-5 p.m.