Hazardous Waste Disposal (Toxic Products)

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Plastic bags banned
Lacey, Olympia, Tumwater, and unincorporated Thurston County have approved ordinances banning plastic carryout bags. Learn more about the bag bans.

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Thurston County's HazoHouse

What should you do with dangerous household products? Bring them to Thurston County's HazoHouse!

HazoHouse offers a convenient way for residents to safely dispose of toxic products that could otherwise harm family members, pets, wildlife or the environment.

HazoHouse is a drive-through facility. For your own safety, please do not  walk into the HazoHouse area.

Location, Hours and Rates

secondary containmentHazoHouse is located at the Thurston County Waste and Recovery Center, 2420 Hogum Bay Road NE in Lacey. From I-5, take Exit 111, proceed to Hogum Bay Road and follow this map.

HazoHouse is open Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday only, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is closed New Year's Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Service is free for residents. (Businesses pay a fee to use HazoHouse.)

Important Safety Information

Prepare items for HazoHouse safely. The risk of fire, explosion and spills exists when transporting hazardous items. Be sure to store items upright in boxes or tubs. DO NOT bring items loose in bags! Make sure containers are sealed and not leaking. Store acids and oxidizers separately, away from each other and other hazardous products. Keep the items out-of-reach of children and pets.

Materials Accepted at HazoHouse

To determine if a product is hazardous, look for the words POISON, DANGER, WARNING or CAUTION on the label. Please bring waste in five-gallon containers or smaller. The following items are accepted:

  • Auto products (antifreeze, car batteries, brake fluid). Several local business also accept these items, click here for details. There is a limit of 3 car batteries per customer per day.
  • Oil-based paint. Note: HazoHouse no longer accepts latex paint unless it was manufactured before 1989, when latex paint sometimes contained lead or mercury. Click here for tips on latex paint.
  • Thinners and solvents
  • Pesticides 
  • Glues and adhesives
  • All types of batteries EXCEPT standard alkaline. The contact points of the batteries must be covered with tape, or each battery must be placed in an individual plastic baggie. Click here for details on this requirement. (There is a limit of 3 car batteries per day for residential customers.) Residents may take alkaline batteries to a battery recycler or place them in the trash. Businesses are still required to take alkaline batteries to a recycler due to state and federal law. (Interstate Batteries on Martin Way in Olympia still accepts alkaline batteries.) Batteries can also be recycled at several other locations that may be closer to your home.
  • Solvents and cleaning supplies
  • Pool and hobby chemicals
  • Fluorescent light tubes, yard light bulbs and their ballasts (Please bring no more than 30 tubes or bulbs per day per customer, and no more than 15 ballasts per day per customer.) DO NOT tape tubes together, or they may break when separated. Click here for important safety tips and other locations.
  • Contaminated kerosene and gasoline
  • Propane containers (no need to de-valve), equal to, or smaller than, the standard, 20 lb. barbecue tanks. This includes standard barbecue tanks; the compact camp stove propane canisters, (such as the green Coleman-branded single-use fuel canisters); and small, narrow propane cylinders used by plumbers and other contractors (such as the Bernz-O-Matic-branded single-use gas cylinders - includes propane, MAPP gas, and other gas combinations). There is a limit of 3 propane tanks per day for residential customers.li>
  • Used motor oil and filters (please bring to the self-serve station at the recycle center). Used motor oil is also accepted at several auto-repair businesses throughout Thurston County.
  • Products containing mercury (Do not break fluorescent bulbs; transport them in their original boxes if possible. Place thermometers in their original containers, too, or in two zip-lock plastic bags.)

Items Not Accepted at HazoHouse

  • Latex paint (click here for other options)
  • Alkaline batteries from households.
  • Empty containers and/or leaking containers
  • Medical waste
  • Explosives, flares, fireworks
  • Ammunition
  • Radioactive wastes
  • Smoke detectors
  • Fire extinguishers (discharge at home into a bucket or garbage bag and discard with the trash)
  • Computers, monitors, TVs or electronics (click here for other options)

Contact Us

Call HazoHouse at (360) 867-2912 or or email ThurstonSolidWaste@co.thurston.wa.us.

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