These alternative disposal options may be more cost-effective and easier than scheduling a reservation with Saint Louis Household Hazardous Waste.  

Aerosol cans

Automotive Products

Automotive Batteries

Batteries (household)

Cleaners

Compact Fluorescent Bulbs
and Fluorescent Tubes

 

Latex Paint

Mercury Containing Devices

 

Aerosol cans

Aerosol cans that are empty of compressed air and product can be recycled through single-stream collection programs.  If there is still product in the can, read the label to determine disposal options.

Automotive Products

Most service stations and quick oil change places will accept used oil, oil filters, antifreeze and other automotive products for disposal. Call your local shop for details. Please note a fee may apply.

*St. Louis City residents may dispose of Automotive Batteries, Motor Oil, and Tires at their transfer stations at no charge. Click for details.

Automotive Batteries

Most stores that sell automotive batteries will accept automotive batteries for recycling. There may be an associated fee for battery recycling.

*St. Louis City residents may dispose of Automotive Batteries, Motor Oil, and Tires at their transfer stations at no charge. Click for details.

Batteries

The best option, when trying to keep batteries out of landfills, is to choose rechargeable batteries. Depending on the frequency of use, proper handling, and charging, the average AA rechargeable battery can be recharged up to 1,000 times! See below for ways to recycle all types of batteries.

Rechargeable Household Batteries 

These batteries can contain toxic chemicals and are best kept out of the landfill. Cell phones or rechargeable batteries weighing less than 11 lbs/5kg each can be recycled through Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation’s Call2Recycle program.  Visit Call2Recycle.org  to find a drop-off location near you. 

 

Cleaners

Read the label of common household cleaners (ammonia-based cleaners, bleach, disinfectants, drain cleaners, tile cleaners, toilet bowl cleaners, tub cleaners and window cleaners) to determine if leftover product is safe to flush down a sink drain with plenty of water.  Never mix chemicals or products and never put a product in the drain without reading the label first. 

Cleaners not listed above, such as solvents and paint thinners, should NEVER be poured down the drain. No HHW of any kind should be poured into storm sewers.

Compact fluorescent bulbs and fluorescent tubes

Compact fluorescent light bulbs are energy efficient, but they do contain a very small amount of mercury sealed within them (less than what is found in a can of tuna). The best disposal option is recycling. Most home improvement stores have collection stations for CFL recycling. Contact your local store to see if they collect CFLs. Ameren's website allows you to enter your zip code to find a wide variety of places that accept CFL bulbs for recycling!

Fluorescent tubes also contain mercury and can be recycled at the following locations:

Lens Masters 
fees may apply
11309 Midland Blvd.
Overland, MO 63114
(314) 427-2181

Metro Lighting
fees may apply
Multiple locations
*also accepts light ballasts
www.metrolightingcenters.com/

Batteris Plus Bulbs
fees may apply
Multiple locations
*also accepts light ballasts
www.batteriesplus.com/t/recycling

 

Latex Paint

Latex paint is not considered hazardous. If the paint cannot be used by others and you do not wish to pay the recycling fee, it is safe to completely dry latex paint and dispose of it in the regular trash.

How to Dry Latex Paint:

  1. In the can 
    1. Add an absorbent to leftover paint, such as Oil Dry, clay-based cat box filler (non-clumping), sand, or sawdust.
    2. Let the residue dry completely before disposing with household trash.
    3. Check with your hauler about any restrictions.
  2. In a cardboard box (to recycle the empty paint can) 
    1. Line a cardboard box with newspaper.
    2. Pour some absorbent material on the newspaper.
    3. Pour a small amount of unwanted paint atop the absorbent material. 
    4. Stir the mixture and coat all of the absorbent material well. Add more absorbent material or paint as needed. Be sure to remove all remaining paint from the can. Use additional boxes if necessary. 
    5. Set mixture aside to dry in a well-ventilated area away from heat, children, and pets. Allow several hours or days to dry completely.
    6. Once the paint mixture has dried completely, you can place it in your household trash. The empty and dry paint can may now be recycled through a single-stream recycling program.

Mercury Containing Devices

Thermostats containing mercury can by recycled at no charge through the industry sponsored Thermostat Recycling Corporation.  Visit their website for information and to find participating locations in St. Louis. 

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources occasionally sponsors mercury collections.  Visit their website for information.