What We Do
The Household Hazardous Waste Facility, or HHW Facility, is a permanent drive through drop-off location that allows residents of a five county region to properly dispose of unwanted hazardous and electronics materials for free.
How Does it Work?
Residents of Lake, Lincoln, McCook, Minnehaha or Turner Counties may drive up under the facility awning during normal hours of operation. A staff member will greet the resident at their vehicle, take some basic information, and begin unloading the vehicle for the resident. Once the safe unloading process is complete, the resident may go on about their day. The materials will be sorted by a specialist and placed into various reuse, recycling, or hazardous materials disposal categories.
The 90 feet X 60 feet (5,400 square feet) building includes areas for the handling and storage of different types of household hazardous waste, a reuse area for the public to obtain materials that have been brought in, and office space for the City’s Sustainability Program. The cost of the facility was just over $1 million and was constructed and is operated with Landfill user fees. The HHW Facility uses a heating system that utilizes collected waste oil as a fuel.
What is the Reuse Room?
If items taken in by staff are determined to be in good, reusable condition, residents of the five-county region may visit our reuse room and pick up to five items of material per week for free. The facility redistributes household and automotive chemicals. Additionally, the city is currently pilot-testing a program where televisions and computer monitors are placed for reuse on a limited basis. Staff is unable to guarantee the quality of the products, but each item is inspected before making it available to the public. The hours of operation can be found under the contact information in the column to the right.