Hazardous Waste Disposal


The Clay County Household Hazardous Waste Center is located at the Rosemary Hill SWMF, 3545 Rosemary Hill Road, Green Cove Springs. Hours are: Monday thru Saturday – 7:30 am until 5:30 pm. If you have questions, please call (904) 284/269-6374, (904) 533-2111 Ext. 6374, or (352) 473-3711 Ext. 6374.  For directions and hours of operation, please refer to Rosemary Hill Solid Waste Management Facility.

Bring all of your:

  •     Drain cleaners
  •     Pool chemicals
  •     Fluorescent light tubes
  •     Automobile oil
  •     Antifreeze
  •     Polishes and strippers
  •     Pesticides
  •     Liquid paint and thinners
  •     Car and boat batteries
  •     Any product marked:
  •     Flammable
  •     Toxic
  •     Reactive
  •     Corrosive

No Business Hazardous Waste Accepted!!! Please refer to Waste Disposal by Businesses for info on who to contact concerning disposal.

Household Battery Collection:  Please bring all of you Ni-Cd, lithium, button cell, and alkaline batteries to the Household Hazardous Waste Center at Rosemary Hill SWMF. The Center also accepts used automotive and boat batteries.

Used Oil Recycling:  According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), well over 200 million gallons of used motor oil are dumped into the environment by do-it-yourself oil changers, most of whom have not stopped to consider the potential consequences of their actions.

Help build a better tomorrow today! Here’s how you can contribute:

  •     Drain your oil and transfer it into clean, preferably reusable, containers… like milk jugs.
  •     Never mix used oil with other substances. Doing so not only makes recycling more difficult, it can be dangerous as well.
  •     We accept up to 5 gallons per visit at the Rosemary Hill SWMF or any of the County’s  ECCs (except Kingsley Lake).

Fluorescent Lamp Recycling (and other Mercury-containing devices):
  Elemental Mercury (Hg), while present in very small quantities in these items, is a neurotoxin that can readily contaminate and accumulate in our environment whenever these lamps and devices are improperly disposed of.

Types of Hg-containing lamps and devices currently accepted:

  •     Fluorescent lamps and bulbs
  •     Thermostats and switches
  •     Thermometers and manometers
  •     High intensity discharge (HID)
  •     Metal halide
  •     Mercury vapor
  •     Low pressure sodium vapor
  •     High pressure sodium vapor

Proper handling procedures are:

  •     Do not throw lamps in trash.
  •     Do not tape lamps together.
  •     Place waste lamps in the container in which the replacement tubes or bulbs arrived, when practical.
  •     Store in a safe place to prevent breakage.
  •     Place broken bulbs into a heavy plastic bag.

How to identify household hazardous chemicals:

  • Corrosive – caustic – Can burn or destroy living tissue. Some examples include drain cleaners, oven cleaners, rug and upholstery cleaners, toilet bowl cleaners, and chlorine bleach.
  • Flammable/ignitable – Can be easily set on fire. Items such as oil-based paints, lacquer, paint strippers, thinners, and other solvents are in this category.
  • Toxic/poison – Capable of causing injury or death through ingestion, inhalation, or absorption. Some toxins can cause cancer, genetic mutations, or fetal harm. Examples include paint removal and thinner, oil-based paints, flea powders, and insect sprays.
  • Explosive – Can detonate or explode through exposure to heat, impact, or pressure. Examples include aerosols and metal polishes.
  • Reactive – May generate excess heat, noxious fumes, violent reactions, or explosions when mixed with some other substance, such as mixing ammonia and bleach.
  • Infectious – May cause disease in humans and animals. Examples include biomedical waste and used syringes.