Tox-Away Days

Warning Labels

Americans generate an estimated 1.6 million tons of household hazardous waste (HHW) every year.

HHW is common household chemicals and substances for which the owner no longer has a use.

Household hazardous waste tends to be containers of partially-used chemicals that accumulate under the kitchen sink, on the shelves in the garage and stacked up in the shed and barn.  These materials pile up because they are no longer needed, but homeowners are unsure of the proper way to dispose of the items. Any empty containers from households are safe to be disposed of in the normal trash.

Compiling a comprehensive list of HHW is nearly impossible. So here we provide some general guidance on how to identify these types of materials.  A good rule of thumb to use when pinpointing HHW around your home is the use of caution words that will be on the containers’ labels–words such as “warning”, “flammable”, “toxic”, “poison” and “caution” all indicate that the chemical should be treated as HHW when it’s time to dispose of it.

Upcoming Tox-Away Days

Tox-Away Days are scheduled at various locations around the community each year to collect household hazardous wastes (HHW) and “problem wastes” from Hendricks County residents.


For more information about item that are accepted, restrictions and fees for tires, electronics and appliances, click here.

Tox-Away Day Guidelines

HHW Guidelines

Tox-Away Days are opportunities for Hendricks County households to properly dispose of household hazardous waste (HHW), tires, electronics and appliances. All HHW (chemicals, auto fluids, fluorescent bulbs, rechargeable batteries, pesticides, herbicides, etc.) is accepted from households free of charge. Fees are charged for the recycling of televisions, appliances and tires (over a certain number).

Only residents of Hendricks County are allowed to utilize the District’s Tox-Away Day events. Regulations prohibit hazardous wastes from other organizations (businesses, churches, schools, non-profits) from being accepted. Please contact the District office if you have questions about your eligibility to participate in a Tox-Away Day event.

Please remember that latex paint should not be brought to Tox-Away Day for disposal. Since it is water-based, it is safe to dispose of with normal household trash once it’s been solidified.  Latex paint can be solidified by mixing shredded paper, oil dry, clay-based cat litter or sand with the paint and allowing the mixture to harden. Once solidified, lids should be removed from paint cans so trash haulers can see that the paint has hardened.  If you have a lot of paint to solidify, line a sturdy cardboard box with a trash bag and alternate pouring your absorbent material and paint in the box. Mix it well and let it solidify for a couple of days. Click here to view a paint drying demonstration video.

Household Hazardous Wastes are accepted for free during Tox-Away Day events.

-Oil-based Paints/Stains/Varnishes
-Fluorescent Light Bulbs (tubes and CFL’s)
-Automotive Fluids/Fuels/Antifreeze/Oil Filters
-Pool/Spa Chemicals
-Drain Openers
-Mercury-containing Items:  Thermometers, Thermostats
-Fire Extinguishers
-Propane Tanks
-Batteries:  (rechargeable, button and lead acid are recycled  |  alkaline batteries are not recycled)
-Unwanted Medicines (please leave in original container)
-Sharps (lancets, syringes)

Problem Wastes are also accepted during the Tox-Away Day events.  Some fees may apply.


          Small:  $20 each
          Large/Console:  $25 each
-Computers:  Free
-Monitors:  Free
-Printers/Scanners:  Free
-DVD/CD Players: Free
-Stereo Equipment:  Free
-VCRs:  Free
-Cell Phones:  Free
-GPS Systems:  Free

APPLIANCES (small, hand-held appliances are safe to dispose of in your normal household trash–they do not need to be brought to Tox-Away Days.)

-With Refrigerant:  $10 each
-Without Refrigerant:  $5 each


-Passenger Car/Truck:
          First 4:  Free
          Next 8:  $2 each
               Maximum of 12 per household per event
          First 4:  Free
          Next 2:  $5 each
               Maximum of 6 per household per event
          $75 each
          $5 each if quartered
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The following materials should not be brought to Tox-Away Day for disposal: latex paint, alkaline batteries, motor oil (local oil recyclers), asbestos, lab chemicals, explosives, ammunition, firearms, radioactive material and infectious wastes.

Check out our Online Recycling Directory for other recycling and disposal options for many of the items we accept at Tox-Away Day!

Have questions? Here are some other resources that should help:

Tox-Away Day FAQ
Tox-Away Days:  What You Should Know

Wonder when the next Tox-Away Day will be?

Upcoming Tox-Away Days