Hazardous wastes are items found in our homes, garages and outdoor sheds that are dangerous to our environment and cannot be disposed of in our everyday trash. For example, pesticides and solvents are dangerous substances that when inhaled or consumed can be life threatening. That is why the HCIA runs its semi-annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program to help residents rid their homes of these materials.

Latex Paint no longer contains dangerous chemicals and is not classified as “hazardous”. Beginning in 2010, we will not accept latex paint at our collections. Latex paint can be dried in the container and thrown out in the regular trash. Please leave the covers off for disposal. For more information, please call our Environmental Hotline.

Alkaline Batteries are no longer accepted. Please dispose of them in your regular garbage. Rechargeable batteries should be brought to the collection sites.

Items you can bring:

  • Pesticides
  • Herbicides
  • Corrosives
  • Thinners
  • Oil based paint
  • Pool chemicals
  • Car batteries
  • Rechargeable batteries
  • Used motor oil
  • Solvents
  • Cleaners
  • Full or partially full aerosol cans*
  • Propane tanks (from barbecues only)
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Formaldehyde
  • Fluorescent tubes
  • CFLs (Compact Fluorescent Lamps)
  • Auto and marine flares
  • Thermostats
  • Cell phones
  • Mercury fever thermometers
  • Automobile and marine flares 
  • Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs)

Computers and Electronics

  • Computers
  • Monitors
  • Printers
  • Copiers
  • Fax machines
  • Televisions
  • Stereo equipment
  • Microwaves
  • Consumer electronic items

*Empty aerosol cans should be thrown out in regular trash

Items you cannot bring:

  • Latex Paint (latex paints no longer contain hazardous materials or ingredients).
  • Alkaline Batteries (now fall below federal and state hazardous waste standards).
  • Explosives
  • Ammunition
  • Compressed gas
  • Smoke detectors
  • Infectious waste
  • Asbestos
  • Woodlife
  • Dioxin & Kepone
  • Silvex 2, 4, 5-T
  • PCBs or TCCD
  • Radioactive material
  • Ballasts
  • Washers and dryers
  • Refrigerators and freezers
  • Air conditioners
  • Unknown materials
  • Unidentified materials

For more information on any of the programs provided by the Hudson County Improvement Authority, please call our Environmental Hotline at 201-324-6222 ext. 3257, or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..