Each year since 1993 the Missoula Valley Water Quality District has held a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event. Historically, this event has been held the 3rd weekend of September at the Missoula City Shops off of Scott St.
Many unwanted hazardous and toxic materials are accepted at this event from Missoula County Residents for no charge, including oil-based paints and stains, paint thinner, degreasers, gasoline, other flammable liquids, aerosol paints, fertilizer, non-alkaline household batteries (alkaline batteries can be thrown away), used motor oil (courtesy of Republic Services -up to 15 gal.), antifreeze and up to 6 fluorescent tubes (no bulbs -- see year-round options, below). Mercury fever thermometers are also accepted at HazWaste Days for free and you will receive a free digital thermometer in exchange!
Items accepted for a fee include pesticides, caustics, strong acids and chlorinated solvents. The fee charged covers approximately 25% of our costs for shipping and disposing of the waste.
Businesses and out-of-county residents will be charged our costs for disposal of all waste.
Since we currently only offer this event once a year, please take a look at out Year-round Options Guide if you have waste that you are unable to keep until the next event. Please note that their may be a charge for disposing of items that are normally accepted for free at the annual event.
Items not accepted at Haz Waste Days
Electronic waste (computers, monitors, TVs, VCRs, etc.) is not accepted at Haz Waste Days. Opportunity E-cycling, Best Buy and Staples accept most items for free! P.E.T.E.S. Palmer Electric (2407 Harve Ave. 543-3086) and Republic Recycling (3207 W. Broadway 721-1120) accept e-waste throughout the year for a fee. Or check with computer manufacturers for disposal options.
Compact Fluorescent Bulbs are NOT accepted at Haz Waste Days; however, they do contain mercury and should be recycled.
- Ace Hardware, Home Depot and Lowes accept compact fluorescent bulbs from homes, throughout the year, for free.
- P.E.T.E.S. Palmer Electric (2407 Harve Ave. 543-3086) accepts bulbs and tubes throughout the year for a small fee.
Car Batteries are NOT accepted at Haz Waste Days but can be taken to Republic Recycling (3207 W. Broadway) throughout the year, or exchanged at retail outlets when buying a new battery.
We do not accept asbestos at Haz Waste Days. Contact Republic Services to make arrangements for disposal at the landfill.