Household hazardous waste disposal

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WARC entrance gates now close earlier
Entrance gates to the Waste and Recovery Center close at 4:45 p.m. daily. Read the news release to learn more.

Plastic bag ban now in effect
Ordinances have started in Lacey, Olympia, Tumwater, and unincorporated Thurston County banning plastic carryout bags.
Learn more about these ordinances.


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Thurston County's HazoHouse

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

HazoHouse is free for residents! Businesses must register and pay a fee.

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

Hours and location

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Open: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday only, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Entrance gates will close at 4:45 p.m. daily beginning July 1, 2014.

Closed: New Year's Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

HazoHouse is located at the Thurston County Waste and Recovery Center, 2420 Hogum Bay Road NE in Lacey.

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.

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, brake fluid).
  • Motor oil and filters. Use the self-serve station at the recycle center.
  • All batteries EXCEPT standard alkaline. Limit: 3 car batteries per customer per day. Cover the contact points of the batteries with tape, or place each battery in an individual plastic baggie. Learn more about recycling batteries.
  • Oil-based paint. HazoHouse no longer accepts latex paint.
  • Thinners and solvents
  • Solvents and cleaning supplies
  • Glues and adhesives
  • Pesticides
  • Pool and hobby chemicals
  • Contaminated kerosene and gasoline
  • Fluorescent light tubes, yard light bulbs and their ballasts. Limit: 30 tubes or bulbs per day per customer, and 15 ballasts per day per customer. NO broken bulbs or light tubes taped together. Transport them in their original boxes if possible. Learn important safety tips.
  • Propane containers (20 lb. barbecue tanks or smaller). Limit: 3 propane tanks per day per customer. Accepted tanks include:
    • Standard barbecue tanks
    • Compact camp stove propane canisters (such as the green Coleman single-use fuel canisters)
    • Small, narrow propane cylinders used by plumbers and other contractors (such as Bernz-O-Matic-branded single-use gas cylinders—includes propane, MAPP gas, and other gas combinations).
  • Products containing mercury. Place thermometers in their original containers or in two plastic Ziploc bags.

NOT accepted at HazoHouse

  • Latex paint. Learn how to dispose of latex paint.
  • Alkaline batteries from households
  • Empty or leaking containers
  • Medical waste
  • Explosives, flares, or fireworks
  • Ammunition
  • Radioactive wastes
  • Smoke detectors
  • Fire extinguishers. Discharge extinguisher into a bucket or garbage bag and put in the trash.
  • Computers, monitors, TVs, or electronics.

Check our WhereDoITakeMy? database to find locations to dispose of these and other items.

Contact us

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

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