Hazardous Waste

Hazardous Waste



The County Recycling program provides a Household Hazardous Waste program for proper and safe disposal of various chemicals commonly found around the home. To assist residents in identifying these potentially dangerous materials, some of these items are listed below:





Oil base - Oil base paints are paints that require mineral spirits for clean up. Oil base paints can not be landfilled.

Latex - Latex paints are water soluble. This paint requires only water for clean up and can be disposed of by removing the lid and allowing the paint to dry. This process will cause the paint to harden. When the paint is completely dry it may be put in your regular garbage which is picked up curbside.

Spray Paints - If spray paint is left in the can then it should be disposed of at one of the semi-annual Household Hazardous Waste Collections.


Car, boat and truck batteries, along with rechargeable batteries (NICAD or Lithium ion) are accepted at the Recycling Department Monday - Friday 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Regular alkaline batteries may be placed in your regular garbage.


Used oil, old gasoline and antifreeze are accepted at the Highlands County Recycling Department Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.


Pesticides and Herbicides - These chemicals, commonly used on lawns and gardens, are accepted at our scheduled semi-annual Household Hazardous Waste Collections and also are accepted Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.


  • Garden pesticides
  • Household chemicals
  • Cleaning Solvents
  • Wood preservatives
  • Brake fluid
  • Pool chemicals
  • Re-chargeable batteries
  • Automotive cleaners
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Carpet cleaner
  • Used oil
  • Unknown chemicals
  • All paints
  • Paint thinner
  • Paint remover
  • Antifreeze
  • Muriatic acid
  • Auto batteries
  • Hearing aid batteries
  • Water sealers
  • Clothing spot cleaner
  • Liquid furniture polish

Should you have further questions you may contact the Recycling office at (863) 402-7786.