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[noun] -- Leftover household products that contain corrosive, toxic, ignitable, or reactive ingredients are considered to be "household hazardous waste" or "HHW." Products, such as paints, cleaners, oils, batteries, and pesticides, that contain potentially hazardous ingredients require special care when you dispose of them.

[recycl-onym] -- depending on the material, items can be incinerated safely to generate energy or will be safely disposed of.


Oil-based paints, latex paint, paint solvents, used oil, rechargeable and alkaline batteries, antifreeze, computers & related computer equipment, flammable liquids (LIMIT 5 gallons per household per month, and no more than 25 gallons per month. Additional latex paint can be dried out and taken to the dump.);

These can be recycled here instead >> Compact fluorescent bulbsVCRs/DVD Players/Stereos;  thermostats
Goes to the Dump: Explosives, propane tanks, car batteries, smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, agricultural chemicals, smoke detectors. Absolutely no liquid HHW should be placed in the trash. Used oil filters should be punctured and "hot drained" to remove all excess oil


All household hazardous wastes must be taken to the select drop offs listed below.  Please note that as there are numerous types of household hazardous wastes, not all drop offs will accept every hazardous item.  Ohio Gulch offers the most comprehensive service.

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Drop Offs

You can take this material to recycle at drop offs in:

It is critical that all household hazardous wastes be contained in tightly sealed containers (preferrably their original, labelled containers).

There is a LIMIT of 5 gallons of HHW per household per month.

Rechargeable and Alkaline Batteries

You have several options for dropoff, but batteries may not be placed in curbside bins.  Thermal Temp Cooling and Heating in Hailey is an option for those of you living in the South Valley.  If you make a trip to Ohio Gulch for another reason, be sure to take your batteries there to the resource recovery center.  If you live in the North Valley, bring your batteries to us at the ERC, 471 N Washington Ave.

Compact Fluorescent Bulbs

These CFL bulbs need to be recycled as that contain small amounts of mercury in them. Unbroken they present absolutely no threat to an individual but they need to be responsibility recycled to keep this mercury out of our environment. Currently only the Environmental Resource Center,  the City of Hailey, and the city of Bellevue sponsor the safe collection and recycling of CFLs. You can drop unbroken CFL bulbs off at the ERC office, the Hailey City Hall, and the Bellevue City Hall, depending on where you live.

Do not take them to the Ohio Gulch Recycling Center or take them to Clear Creek Disposal. If you do they will not be recycled and will be thrown in the trash. Please urge the Recycling Center and Clear Creek to start recycling these toxic materials.

Long-tubed fluorescent bulbs (4' & 8') and ballasts are not presently recycled here in Blaine County but you can conveniently recycle them in specially packaged containers for a cost. Several companies provide this service, including EasyPak.

If you break a compact fluorescent bulb, follow these instructions to clean things up>

Flammable Liquids

Check product labels for any indication of "Flammable, combustible or Inflammable". Examples of these items may included gasoline, lighter fluid, kerosene, hairspray, starter fluid, lamp oil, brake fluid, white gas, etc.

Latex Paints

Since latex paints are water-based, they can be readily dried and, once completely dry, can be safely disposed of in the trash. Using "kitty litter" can accelerate this drying process.

VCRs, DVD Players, and Stereos

The Wood River Middle School Technology Department accepts these to use in their teaching. Drop off to Al Alamato school days from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. No televisions, please!


Mercury thermometers and mercury-based thermostats can be taken free of charge to Thermal Temp Cooling and Heating in Hailey, or to Ohio Gulch.

Did you know...

  • Locally we recycle over 263 tons of newspapers each year, saving over 1.6 million pounds of carbon pollution, over 3,100 trees and over 1.1 million kilowatt hours of electricity.
  • On average, recycling your newspapers generates nearly $18,000 in revenues each year.
  • Your recycling participation contributes to our average 16% recycling rate and helps boost our total recycling revenues to over $126,440 on average.
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