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Household Hazardous Waste

The primary purpose of the City of Odessa’s Household Hazardous Waste Program is to educate the public on the safe and proper handling and disposal of their retail household waste products that are considered hazardous if discarded in regular trash.

Household chemical products

What is Household Hazardous Waste?

Household hazardous wastes are products which contain hazardous chemicals that are ignitable, corrosive, toxic or reactive. The hazardous chemical ingredients in these household materials should be handled and stored with care.

Look for these symbols on your household products:

household hazardous waste signs


Proper disposal of household hazardous waste (HHW):

The Odessa Household Hazardous Waste department is here to assist you with the disposal of residential hazardous waste; commercial hazardous waste must comply with Texas and federal Hazardous waste regulations (Please visit for more information). Getting rid of unused household hazardous products down the drain, ground or sewage system negatively impacts and poses a threat to our drinking water and ecosystem. As residents of Odessa, we carry the responsibility of properly disposing our hazardous waste to protect our groundwater, soil, vegetation and wildlife. Improper disposal exposes our community to chemicals such as lead, mercury, acid and etc. 

  • Lead and mercury (EX: thermometer, thermostat) are highly toxic and will have adverse effect if inhaled or ingested, take proper precautions when handling a product that contains these chemicals. 
  • Acids and Bases (EX: pool chemicals, toilet bowl cleaners) are corrosive and will harm your skin, respiratory system and eyes. 
  • Propylene Glycol is found in antifreeze and it is extremely toxic when its used improperly. 

If you have a high quantity of hazardous waste that is not accepted by the city, you can always call the HHW center to inquire about which organizations can assist you or visit to find vendors that can assist you with proper disposal of your wastes.

What you CAN bring: 

  • Corrosive cleaners(Example: drain cleaners and lye-based cleaners) 
  • Household pesticides*** 
  • Garden and lawn fertilizers, and pesticides***
  • Household latex and oil based paints* 
  • Turpentine 
  • Stain 
  • Solvents 
  • Paint Thinner 
  • Lacquer 
  • Household cleaning products (soaps, detergents, bleach and etc)*** 
  • Spray paints***
  • Motor oil from Do It Yourself ProJects
  • Antifreeze 
  • Alkaline batteries
  • Cooking oil


*These items can be picked up and reused by individuals and nonprofit organizations for free.
Safety Guidelines: How will you get rid of it? 

  1. Bring products in original labeled containers
  2. Items must be 5 gallons or less 
  3. Do not mix products (Extremely dangerous, even deadly) 
  4. Place it upright in a sturdy box
Triple Rinse empty household hazardous products when you completely finish using it and discard it in the appropriate recycle/waste bin. Follow the direction on the container to get rid of empty bottles and products. 

What you CAN NOT bring:

  • Ammunition and Explosives
    • Contact the Odessa Police Department, 205 N. Grant Ave. Odessa, TX 79761, (432) 335-4961
  • Medicine and Medical waste
    • Local HEB Pharmacy (medicine only)
    • Town & Country Drug (medicine only) (432) 366-2868, 2745 N Grandview Ave, Odessa, TX 79762 Odessa Police Department, 205 N. Grant Ave. Odessa, TX 79761, (432) 335-4961
  • Appliances and Electronics (A bulk Electronics collection program will be scheduled throughout the year)
  • Building Materials
  • Bulk trash and yard waste
  • Business and Contractor waste
  • Radioactive Material
  • Tires

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Managing and Reducing Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) in your home


  • Purchase only the amount that you need for the job.
  • Consider using environmentally friendly household products that do not contain hazardous waste.
  • For painting projects, measure the size of your area and use the online calculator below to determine how many gallons you should purchase.


Left over paint can be reused.

Properly clean the rim.

Cover the top with plastic wrap.

Cover with lid.

Store paint upside down, to create a strong seal.Ask your neighbors if they need it.

 Hazardous Waste Alternatives

Glass Cleaner: 2 Tbsp vinegar to 1 quart water

General Cleaner: 1 tsp liquid soap plus 1 tsp Borax plus 1 squeeze lemon in 2 quarts war water

Coffee Cup Stain Remover: use moist salt

Hand Cleaner: Baby Oil

Mosquito Repellent: Burn Citronella oil/candles

Drain Cleaner: plunger, follow with baking soda and vinegar, let sit 15 minutes then pour 2 quarts boiling water

Tile Cleaner: Baking Soda

Spot Remover: Club Soda, lemon juice or salt

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Hours of Operation:

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9:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.


9:00 A.M.- 2:00 P.M.

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814 W. 42 St. 

Household Hazardous Waste (432) 368-3546

Solid Waste (432) 368-3509