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
Thursday, Friday & 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 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 (including
- Health and beauty aides (polish & remover, rubbing alcohol, peroxide)
- Mercury containing devices (thermometers/thermostats)
- Rechargable batteries (Ni-cad, lithium/button)
|Containers larger than 5 gallons will not be accepted |
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 rechargable 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. For larger amounts, contact Green Oil Recyclers at (321) 403-1771.
- 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.
Prescription Drug Take Back Day Hosted by the DEA
Disposing of Foreclosure Materials?
Click Here for information on Recycling Foreclosure Materials
Click Here for information on Recycling Electronics
Attention Small Businesses - Participate in the EnviroBusiness hazardous waste collection days Click Here for information on EnviroBusiness
For more information on Commercial generators of Hazardous Waste consult the Florida Department of Environmental Protection "Handbook For Small Quantity Generators of Hazardous Waste"
or call FDEP
Drop and Swap
The Drop and Swap Program operates at the Cocoa and Sarno HHW 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.
Recycled Paint Programs
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. Click here for information on Recycled Paint
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.
for safely disposing of your household chemical and electronic products at our Brevard County HHW collection centers.