Tox-Away Day Guidelines

Tox-Away Days are opportunities for Hendricks County households to properly dispose of household hazardous waste.  HHW is common household chemicals and substances for which the owner no longer has a use.  Americans generate an estimated 1.6 million tons of household hazardous waste (HHW) every year.

Household hazardous waste tends to be containers of partially-used chemicals that accumulate under the kitchen sink, on the shelves in the garage and stacked up in the shed and barn.  These materials pile up because they are no longer needed, but homeowners are unsure of the proper way to dispose of the items. Any empty containers from households are safe to be disposed of in the normal trash.

Compiling a comprehensive list of HHW is nearly impossible. So here we provide some general guidance on how to identify these types of materials.  A good rule of thumb to use when pinpointing HHW around your home is the use of caution words that will be on the containers’ labels–words such as “warning”, “flammable”, “toxic”, “poison” and “caution” all indicate that the chemical should be treated as HHW when it’s time to dispose of it

(HHW), tires, electronics and appliances. All HHW (chemicals, auto fluids, fluorescent bulbs, rechargeable batteries, pesticides, herbicides, etc.) is accepted from households free of charge. Fees are charged for the recycling of televisions, appliances and tires (over a certain number).

Only residents of Hendricks County are allowed to utilize the District’s Tox-Away Day events. Regulations prohibit hazardous wastes from other organizations (businesses, churches, schools, non-profits) from being accepted. Please contact the District office if you have questions about your eligibility to participate in a Tox-Away Day event.

Please remember that latex paint should not be brought to Tox-Away Day for disposal. Since it is water-based, it is safe to dispose of with normal household trash once it’s been solidified.  Latex paint can be solidified by mixing shredded paper, oil dry, clay-based cat litter or sand with the paint and allowing the mixture to harden. Once solidified, lids should be removed from paint cans so trash haulers can see that the paint has hardened.  If you have a lot of paint to solidify, line a sturdy cardboard box with a trash bag and alternate pouring your absorbent material and paint in the box. Mix it well and let it solidify for a couple of days. Click here to view a paint drying demonstration video.

Problem Wastes are also accepted during the Tox-Away Day events.  Some fees may apply

Upcoming Tox-Away Days

HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTES accepted for free during Tox-Away Day events
Oil-based Paints/Stains/Varnishes Free
Pesticides/Herbicides/Fertilizers/Insecticide Free
Fluorescent Light Bulbs (tubes and CFL’s) Free
Automotive Fluids/Fuels/Antifreeze/Oil Filters Free
Pool/Spa Chemicals Free
Adhesives Free
Acids Free
Drain Openers Free
Cleaners/Solvents Free
Mercury-containing Items:  Thermometers, Thermostats Free
Fire Extinguishers Free
Propane Tanks Free
Batteries:  (rechargeable, button and lead acid are recycled  |  alkaline batteries are not recycled) Free
Unwanted Medicines (please leave in original container) Free
Sharps (lancets, syringes) Free
(small, hand-held appliances are safe to dispose of in your normal household trash–they do not need to be brought to Tox-Away Days.)
With Refrigerant $10 each
Without Refrigerant $5 each
Computers Free
Monitors Free
Printers/Scanners Free
DVD/CD Players Free
Stereo Equipment Free
VCRs Free
Cell Phones Free
GPS Systems Free
Televisions (small) $20 each

Televisions (Large/Console)

$25 each

Passenger Car/Truck:  Maximum of 12 per household per event
First 4 Free
Next 8 $2 each
Truck/Semi-Tractor: Maximum of 6 per household per event
First 4 Free
Next 2 $5 each
Farm/Tractor: Maximum of 6 per household per event
Whole $75 each
Quartered $5 each


The following materials should not be brought to Tox-Away Day for disposal: latex paint, alkaline batteries, motor oil (local oil recyclers), asbestos, lab chemicals, explosives, ammunition, firearms, radioactive material and infectious wastes.Batteris-on-End1

Check out our Online Recycling Directory for other recycling and disposal options for many of the items we accept at Tox-Away Day!


Have questions? Here are some other resources that should help:

Tox-Away Day FAQ
Tox-Away Days:  What You Should Know


Wonder when the next Tox-Away Day will be?

-Upcoming Tox-Away Days