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
- Polishes and strippers
- Liquid paint and thinners
- Car and boat batteries
- Any product marked:
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.