Hazardous Waste Facility

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Household Hazardous Waste Facility at Tacoma Landfill

Many of the products on household shelves can be hazardous to the environment and human health. To provide City of Tacoma and Pierce County residents with an alternative to disposing of hazardous waste in the garbage, down drains or into the ground, Solid Waste Management accepts household hazardous waste at its collection facility, located at the Tacoma Landfill.

City of Tacoma and Pierce County residents may dispose of household hazardous waste at the City’s collection facility free of charge. Customers must show proof of residency with a current photo ID.


Accepted and Not Accepted Items for Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off

Here are lists of the most common items accepted and not accepted at the City of Tacoma Household Hazardous Waste Facility. If you have a question about something not listed, call (253) 591-5418.

Household Hazardous Waste - Yes

  • Acids & caustics
  • Antifreeze
  • Automotive products
  • Batteries (car, button, household)
  • Flammable liquids
  • Fluorescent bulbs
  • Gas and fuel
  • Glues
  • Household cleaners
  • Hypodermic needles or syringes (sealed inside rigid container)
  • Insecticides
  • Mercury thermometers/thermostats
  • Motor oil
  • Oil-based paints
  • Pool chemicals
  • Solvents
  • Yard & garden chemicals


Household Hazardous Waste - No

  • Ammunition & explosives
  • Asbestos
    Find out how to properly handle and dispose of asbestos
  • Commercial/business hazardous waste
  • Contaminated soil
  • Electronics
    Find out how to properly dispose of electronics
  • Latex paint (water-based)
    Find out how to properly dispose of latex paint and minimize your leftover paint
  • Medical waste 


If you have questions about proper disposal of these non-acceptable items, please call the Household Hazardous Waste Facility at (253) 591-5418.

Prepare Your Household Hazardous Waste for Drop-Off
When preparing hazardous items for disposal at the Household Hazardous Waste Facility, put liquids in sturdy leak-proof containers with caps or lids (plastic bottle, milk jug, glass jar, etc.) and secure breakable or loose items inside boxes or bags. The Household Hazardous Waste Facility is a drive-up-only facility where attendants unload your hazardous waste from your vehicle.

Facility Hours and Directions
8 AM - 6 PM
Every day, except New Year’s Day, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day
Tacoma Landfill
3510 South Mullen Street
Tacoma, WA 98409
From I-5: Take Exit 132 and merge onto SR-16. Take the Center Street/Fircrest exit. At the traffic light, go straight onto South Mullen Street and follow the road until you reach the landfill.

From Orchard Street: Turn onto South Center Street going east. Turn right onto South Mullen Street and follow the road until you reach the landfill.

For more information, email or call (253) 591-5418.

How Hazardous Products Are Recycled


Recyclable New product
Automotive batteries Lead is recycled into new batteries.
NiCad and other rechargeable batteries Nickel is recycled to make stainless steel for new products. Cadmium is recycled into new batteries.
Used motor oil Re-blended and used for bunker fuel.
Antifreeze Recycled into new antifreeze.
Solvents Re-blended into high-BTU fuel.
Oil-based paint Liquids re-blended into high-BTU fuel.
Fluorescent lights The glass is recycled into aggregate and used in concrete. The aluminum parts are used to make other aluminum products. The mercury is used in other mercury-containing products.