St. Louis County Household Hazardous Waste Collection

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The St. Louis County Department of Health operates a permanent household hazardous waste collection facility for the safe disposal/recycling of materials including paint, motor oil, car batteries, gasoline, herbicides, fertilizers and pool chemicals, just to name a few. The permanent program is regional partnership available to residents of St. Louis County, St. Louis City and Jefferson County.

Drop-Off Locations
The program currently has two drop-off facilities:

  •  Lemay:
    • Located on the grounds of the Lemay Wastewater Treatment Facility near the River City Casino at 291 E. Hoffmeister, St. Louis MO, 63125.
  • North St. Louis County:
    • Located at 4100 Seven Hills Drive, St. Louis MO, 63033. This facility was constructed on the grounds of the former Saint Louis County Department of Public Health North County Animal Shelter and offers the same services as the Lemay HHW Facility.

Making an Appointment
The drop-off facility is not staffed every day, so you must schedule an appointment, which can be done at 
www.hhwstl.com or by calling (314) 615-8958. Residents must show proof of address, such as a utility bill or driver’s license at the appointment.

The sites will not be open at the same time.Please follow the reservation instructions and print off the voucher confirming the reservation. Bring the voucher and proof of address to your appointment. Proof of address can be a utility bill or driver’s license. Residents without internet access may call their jurisdiction for assistance in making a reservation:

  • St. Louis County: (314) 615-8958
  • St. Louis City: (314) 622-4800
  • Jefferson County: (636) 797-5043
Program Fees and Limits
The permanent program replaces the one-day collection events previously hosted by the Department of Health. For program sustainability, the program has the following cost-sharing measures:

  • Latex paint is being accepted for recycling, but residents will be required to pay the full cost. That fee is 50 cents per pound ($5 for a full gallon).
    • Unlike other household chemical waste, latex, or water-based, paint is not actually hazardous. If completely dried out, latex paint can be safely disposed of with the trash.
    • If placed in the trash and landfilled, residents must prepare the latex paint by removing the lid from the can, in a well ventilated area (away from sources of heat or flam, or other hazardous materials, so that the latex pain will solidify.
    • Once the latex paint is solidified (dry and hard all the way through); the can and latex paint can be disposed of with the general trash (leave the lid off of the can, so that the hauler can see that it is solidified).
  • For all other eligible HHW, there is a 50-pound limit.
  • Residents with more than 50 pounds of HHW have the option to bring it in at the time of the appointment, but they will be charged the contracted fee to handle the additional material, which is 83 cents per pound.
  • Applicable fees may be paid using cash or a credit card. The facility will be accepting American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa. Checks will not be accepted and debit cards will be run as credit cards.

Recycling of Lead and Oil-Based Paints
Lead and oil-based paints are a hazardous waste, so drying out and putting the paint in the trash is not advised. The best option for disposal is to use the HHW recycling program. As long as total poundage does not exceed 50 pounds, no fee will be applied toward recycling oil-based paints.

Hazardous Household Waste Recycling Tips
In order to minimize the risk of chemical contamination and preserve the health and safety of family members, waste workers and you, the HHW program requests that residents follow these guidelines when recycling HHW materials.

  • Bring HHW in its original container(s), if possible.
  • If the original container is damaged, save as much of the label as possible to identify the contents.
  • Tighten lids and ensure that all HHW containers are stored upright, preferably in a lined box to prevent and contain spills.
  • Ventilate your vehicle by keeping windows open.
  • Drive directly to the HHW drop-off facility after loading your HHW.

For additional information on the program, please visit www.hhwstl.com. The website includes a price estimator for materials, a detailed map and directions to the drop-off facility and a list of accepted materials. 

 

Funding for the permanent program comes in part from the St. Louis Jefferson Solid Waste Management District and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Additional funding comes from voter-approved St. Louis County landfill surcharge fees. Questions about the permanent program may be emailed to recycle.dph@stlouisco.com.