Household Hazardous Waste

Where can I take my household hazardous waste for responsible disposal? 

If you've been wondering where you can take your yucky household hazardous waste items like oil & latex paint, cleaning chemicals, pesticides, aerosol cans, and even nail polish remover, try the City of Norfolk's Household Hazardous Waste Facility. The HHW Facility serves the entire Lower Elkhorn Natural Resource District, which includes all of Wayne County and surrounding areas. Located at 610 E Monroe Ave in Norfolk, it is open Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday 7:30 a.m. to noon. Only households are allowed to bring their HHW. Check the website for a list of acceptable items or call first with questions: 402-844-2231. Other disposal options for businesses are listed on the website.

How Successful was our Household Hazardous Waste Event in 2019?

Thank you to our community for great support at the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event held on October 12, 2019. In just two hours, this event served more than 80 households and collected the following Household Hazardous Wastes:

  • Pesticides: 1,320 pounds
  • Paint: 2,350 pounds
  • Oil: 90 gallons
  • Antifreeze: 15 gallons
  • Car Batteries: 100 pounds
  • Light Bulbs: 257
  • Other recyclable material: 420 pounds

Thank you to our partners!

The Wayne Green Team thanks Northeast Nebraska Resource Conservation & Development for choosing Wayne to host this event (now three times in the last four years). We also thank the Nebraska Environmental Trust, Gill Hauling, the City of Wayne and the Wayne State College Women's Soccer team for volunteering. With committed partners like these in our community, we will reach our goal of Zero Waste in Wayne.

Why should I bring in my HHW instead of throwing it in the landfill?

Household hazardous waste is hazardous. The items above contain chemicals that should not be poured down our drains or thrown into our landfill, where the toxins can then contaminate our water and soil. It is difficult to properly dispose of these items so save them until the next HHW collection event.

When is the next HHW event?

Usually these events occur in Wayne every 2-3 years, but we've been lucky to be chosen by the NE Nebraska RC&D so often recently. When not in Wayne, they host these in neighboring towns every year. Always check back for news on the next local HHW event in the area and save your items until then, or take them to the City of Norfolk's Household Hazardous Waste Facility. Thank you!

Where else can I take electronics, paint, light bulbs, or CFLs (must not be broken)?

Outside of special collections in Wayne or neighboring towns, you can take electronics to Nebraska Electronics Recycling & Disposal in Norfolk or any Best Buy, and you can take paint, fluorescent tubes and light bulbs (not broken) to the Norfolk Transfer Station. Be sure to call ahead first to confirm acceptability, business hours and any fees.

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