To protect the natural environmental systems in Brevard County, it is important that we prevent illicit discharges and improper disposal of household chemical and electronic products. The Solid Waste Management Department operates three permanent facilities where these materials may be delivered. Brevard County residents may take accepted items from non-business activities to one of the household hazardous waste (HHW) collection centers for safe disposal at no cost. Proof of residency may be required.
Collection Center Locations
Central Disposal Facility
2250 Adamson Road, Cocoa
Monday - Saturday 8:00am - 4:00pm
Mockingbird Mulching Facility
3600 South Street, Titusville
Monday - Saturday 8:00am - 4:00pm
3379 Sarno Road, Melbourne
Tuesday - Saturday 8:00am - 4:00pm
Proof of Residency
Participants may be asked for proof of residency and source of the materials being delivered for disposal.
Residents may use their driver's license, tax bill or utility bill.
WHERE ARE HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS PRODUCTS AROUND MY HOME?
|In the Garage ||In the Yard ||In the House |
- Auto fluids (antifreeze, brake/power steering, motor oil)
- Auto/boat batteries
- Boat flares
- Lighter fluid
- Oil filters
- Paints/stains, thinners
- Roof coatings
- Flea dip/sprays
- Pool cleaning supplies
- Propane tanks
- Rat poison
- Aerosol sprays (hair/paint/bug
& oven cleaner)
- Drain cleaner
- Electronics (10 large per year)
- Fluorescent lamps (10 each per household per year)
- Health and beauty aides (polish & remover, rubbing alcohol, peroxide)
- Mercury containing devices (thermometers/thermostats)
- Rechargeable batteries (Ni-cad, lithium/button)
|Up to twenty-five (25) gallons of liquid waste can be accepted per household per year. However container sizes larger than five (5) gallons will not be accepted. |
Residents bringing bulk liquids such as used motor oil, gasoline, antifreeze and mineral spirits can have their container(s) returned to them after the liquid is poured off by the HHW Technician. This follows the program's safety protocol.
How to package and transport materials:
Chemical products from your home should never be poured on the ground or into storm drains. Never flush or pour down the drain unused medications/pills (Please use the Prescription drug take back program).
- Keep products in original labeled container
- Do Not mix chemicals together
- Place leaky containers in clear plastic bags
- Pack in sturdy boxes and use newspaper to prevent breakage
- Put boxes in the trunk or the back of the vehicle away from passengers
- Cover battery terminals with heavy tape (place individual lead or rechargeable batteries in plastic bags.)
What not to bring to our collection centers
- Alkaline batteries - (AA, AAA, C, D) have been determined as non-hazardous and may be disposed of in your regular trash.
- Bilge water - oily fuel-water mixture from a boat bilge. Contact your local marina or used oil recycler for disposal information.
- Bio-hazardous wastes - human body parts, tissue or organs, lab cultures, vaccines, discarded medicines, blood coated clothing or cotton balls, medical tubing or catheters. For citizen information visit http://www.doh.state.fl.us/environment/community/biomedical.
- Cooking oil - vegetable or plant based oil used in cooking or frying is not hazardous. Small quantities ( <5 gallons) can be dried up by adding dirt or kitty litter until solidified. After drying place in your regular home trash.
- Explosives - Contact the Sheriff's Office Bomb Squad at 321.633-7141.
- Fire Extinguishers - it is safe to dispose of EMPTY (fully discharged) fire extinguishers in your home trash. Fire extinguishers that are NOT EMPTY, contact a local fire extinguisher company for recharge or disposal information. Many companies offer free or low-cost disposal
- Smoke detectors - The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) considers domestic smoke detectors below regulatory concern and exempts these materials from regulatory requirements. The NRC recommends disposal in regular household trash or MAIL BACK to manufacturer. Check back of detector for company name and address.
- 55 gallon drums - commonly associated with commercially generated hazardous wastes. No containers larger than 5 gallon buckets will be accepted at the HHW collection centers.
Please do not bring "Rear-Projection Televisions" to the Collection Centers. They can be
thrown in the regular trash.
For "Unincorporated areas" items will be picked up at the curb as "Bulk Solid Waste". Residents
must call Waste Management at 636-6894 or 723-4455 to request a "bulk waste pick-up".
Drop and Swap
The Drop and Swap Program operates at the Cocoa and Sarno Household Hazardous Waste Collection Centers Only.
Items are separated into usable products brought in by residents. Residents can browse
and pickup products including usable household cleaners, automotive fluids and paint products
free of charge.
These usable products would otherwise be disposed of through the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program.
Richard's Paint reprocess the latex paint collected at the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Centers and Collection Events.
The recycled paint is available twice a year usually in the early Spring and late Summer and is free to Brevard county residents on a first come first served basis.
Attention Small Businesses - EnviroBusiness Hazardous Waste Collection Days - Participation Information and dates.
For more information on Commercial generators of Hazardous Waste please consult the Florida Department of Environmental Protection "Handbook For Small Quantity Generators of Hazardous Waste" or call FDEP at 407-893-4303.
Did you Know?
The average home can accumulate as much as 100 pounds of household hazardous waste in basements, garages and storage sheds.
Brevard County households are allowed to dispose of 25 gallons (approximately 220 pounds) of household hazardous wastes per year at the HHW collection centers.
Paint cans that are empty, hardened or dried up (no liquid) can be safely disposed of in your regular trash. Remember to always remove the lid from the paint container before placing in the trash.
In 2012 the Solid Waste Management HHW Facilities collected 291 tons of chemicals and 239 tons of electronics from Brevard County households.
Thank you Brevard County...
for safely disposing of your household chemical and electronic products at our
Household Hazardous Waste Collection Centers.