Hazardous Waste

Hazardous waste can be harmful to humans or the environment if not disposed of properly.
Category 1 and 2 materials can be recycled at any convenience center in the appropriate container. Hanover County holds an annual event to collect other hazardous waste listed below.
Household Hazardous Waste Receptacles

Category 1

Place in Category 1 Waste Drum

  • Cooking oil
  • Gasoline
  • Gasoline/Oil additives
  • Mineral spirits
  • Primers
  • Shellac
  • Solvents
  • Stains/Tints
  • Thinners
  • Turpentine
  • Varnish

Category 2

Place in Oil Tank

  • Diesel
  • Kerosene
  • Gear oil
  • Hydraulic oil
  • Motor oil
  • Power steering fluid
  • Transmission fluid

Place in Appropriate Drums

  • Antifreeze
  • Oil filters

Other Hazardous Waste

First Choice: Drug Take-Back Events

To dispose of prescription and over-the-counter drugs, call Hanover County Department of Public Works and ask if a drug take-back program is scheduled with the Sheriff. The event is where prescription and over-the-counter drugs are accepted at a central location for proper disposal.

Second Choice for Household Drug Disposal Steps

  • Don't: Flush expired or unwanted prescription and over-the counter drugs down the toilet or drain unless the label or accompanying patient information specifically instructs you to do so.
  • Do: Return unwanted or expired prescription and over-the-counter drugs to a drug take-back program or follow the steps for household disposal below.
    1. Take your prescription drugs out of their original containers.
    2. Mix drugs with an undesirable substance, such as cat litter or used coffee grounds.
    3. Put the mixture into a disposable container with a lid, such as an empty margarine tub, or into a sealable bag.
    4. The sealed container with the drug mixture, and the empty drug containers, can now be placed in the trash.
    5. Conceal or remove any personal information, including Rx number, on the empty containers by covering it with permanent marker or duct tape, or by scratching it off.
Note: Paints can be solidified and placed in household trash.

Collected Annually at Earth Day Event

  • Corrosives
  • Herbicides
  • Pesticides
  • Flammables
  • Aerosols
  • Pool/hot tub chemicals
  • Household cleaners
  • Acids
  • Oil based paints