Residents of Highland Beach are encouraged to separate Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) from everyday trash and recycling. Hazardous waste if not disposed of properly, poses a threat to the environment, as well, as individuals that come in contact with such waste.
Used Oil & Filters
Oil and petroleum products can pollute ground and surface waters. Take used oil to a HHW drop off area.
Antifreeze is especially toxic to animals. Take to a HHW drop off area.
Some paints are flammable or contain toxic metals. Take to a HHW drop off area. Alternatively, latex may be dried out by removing the lid and adding sand, cat litter or sawdust to absorb the liquid. Once the paint has dried it may be thrown away with household garbage. Leave uncovered in garbage.
Use as directed or take to a HHW drop-off area. Empty pesticide containers can be thrown away with household garbage.
Propane and other flammable gases can cause explosions or fires when disposed in the garbage. Take to a HHW drop off area or propane dealer.
Marine and roadside flares can cause fires when disposed in the garbage. Take to a HHW drop off area.
Computers, printers, cell phones and stereos, contain many recyclable materials and small amounts of toxic materials. Take to a drop off area. Please note quantity must be less than five computers per person.
Rechargeable batteries contain toxic metals and can be recycled. Call 1-800-8-BATTERY for a participating drop off retailer or take to a HHW drop off area. Non-rechargeable batteries, such as alkaline, can be thrown away with household garbage.
Automotive and vehicle batteries contain large amounts of lead and acids. Take to an auto parts retailer or to a HHW drop off area.
Mercury & Fluorescent Lights
All fluorescent lights and some thermometers, float switches and thermostats contain mercury. Mercury is a toxic metal that bio-accumulates in fish and animals in the environment. Take to a HHW drop off area.
Needles and other medical wastes are not accepted at SWA HHW facilities. The Palm Beach County Health Department has a Used Sharp Depository program. Please call 561-355-3023 for more information.
For more information about the proper disposal of household hazardous waste, please call 561-697-2700 or visit the Solid Waste Authority website.
Information Courtesy of the Solid Waste Authorities Hazardous Waste Division.