Departments Environmental Services Links Hazardous Waste Disposal

Hazardous Waste Disposal

The Clay County Household Hazardous Waste Center is located at the Rosemary Hill SWMF, 3545 Rosemary Hill Road, Green Cove Springs. Hours are: Monday thru Saturday – 7:30 am ‘til 5:30 pm. If you have questions, please call (904) 284/269-6374, (904) 533-2111 Ext. 6374, or (352) 473-3711 Ext. 6374.  For directions and hours of operation, please refer to Rosemary Hill Solid Waste Management Facility.

Bring all of your:

  •     Drain cleaners
  •     Pool chemicals
  •     Fluorescent light tubes
  •     Automobile oil
  •     Antifreeze
  •     Polishes and strippers
  •     Pesticides
  •     Liquid paint and thinners
  •     Car and boat batteries
  •     Any product marked:
  •     Flammable
  •     Toxic
  •     Reactive
  •     Corrosive

No Business Hazardous Waste Accepted!!! Please refer to Waste Disposal by Businesses for info on who to contact concerning disposal.

Household Battery Collection:  Please bring all of you Ni-Cd, lithium, button cell, and alkaline batteries to the Household Hazardous Waste Center at Rosemary Hill SWMF. The Center also accepts used automotive and boat batteries.

Used Oil Recycling:  According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), well over 200 million gallons of used motor oil are dumped into the environment by do-it-yourself oil changers, most of whom have not stopped to consider the potential consequences of their actions.

Help build a better tomorrow today! Here’s how you can contribute:

  •     Drain your oil and transfer it into clean, preferably reusable, containers… like milk jugs.
  •     Never mix used oil with other substances. Doing so not only makes recycling more difficult, it can be dangerous as well.
  •     We accept up to 5 gallons per visit at the Rosemary Hill SWMF or any of the County’s  ECCs (except Kingsley Lake).


Fluorescent Lamp Recycling (and other Mercury-containing devices):
 Elemental Mercury (Hg), while present in very small quantities in these items, is a neurotoxin that can readily contaminate and accumulate in our environment whenever these lamps and devices are improperly disposed of.

Types of Hg-containing lamps and devices currently accepted:

  •     Fluorescent lamps and bulbs
  •     Thermostats and switches
  •     Thermometers and manometers
  •     High intensity discharge (HID)
  •     Metal halide
  •     Mercury vapor
  •     Low pressure sodium vapor
  •     High pressure sodium vapor

Proper handling procedures are:

  •     Do not throw lamps in trash.
  •     Do not tape lamps together.
  •     Place waste lamps in the container in which the replacement tubes or bulbs arrived, when practical.
  •     Store in a safe place to prevent breakage.
  •     Place broken bulbs into a heavy plastic bag.


How to identify household hazardous chemicals:

  • Corrosive – caustic – Can burn or destroy living tissue. Some examples include drain cleaners, oven cleaners, rug and upholstery cleaners, toilet bowl cleaners, and chlorine bleach.
  • Flammable/ignitable – Can be easily set on fire. Items such as oil-based paints, lacquer, paint strippers, thinners, and other solvents are in this category.
  • Toxic/poison – Capable of causing injury or death through ingestion, inhalation, or absorption. Some toxins can cause cancer, genetic mutations, or fetal harm. Examples include paint removal and thinner, oil-based paints, flea powders, and insect sprays.
  • Explosive – Can detonate or explode through exposure to heat, impact, or pressure. Examples include aerosols and metal polishes.
  • Reactive – May generate excess heat, noxious fumes, violent reactions, or explosions when mixed with some other substance, such as mixing ammonia and bleach.
  • Infectious – May cause disease in humans and animals. Examples include biomedical waste and used syringes.