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.

Apr
4
Sat
***POSTPONED*** Tox-Away Day (Brownsburg) ***POSTPONED*** @ Brownsburg High School
Apr 4 @ 8:00 am – 1:00 pm

April 4th Tox-Away Day Postponed

 In order to abide by current restrictions in place to fight COVID-19, the Hendricks County Solid Waste Management District will be postponing the April 4th Tox-Away Day at Brownsburg High School. The District is working to determine an alternative date for the event and will notify the public via local news outlets, social media and its email newsletter.

Currently four other Tox-Away Days are scheduled for the year. Resident living in any part of Hendricks County are welcome to use any event. Each Tox-Away Day is open from 8am to 1pm.

  • May 16th at the Hendricks County Fairgrounds in Danville
  • July 11th at Hickory Elementary School in Avon
  • September 19th at the Hendricks County Fairgrounds in Danville
  • October 10th at Plainfield Middle School

Many of the items and materials accepted for disposal and recycling at Tox-Away Days can be disposed of, recycled or donated for reuse every day via local organizations and waste management companies. Residents are encouraged to visit the District’s online Recycling Directory at HendricksSolidWaste.com/online-directory to find alternatives.

 

Our first Tox-Away Day for 2020 will be held at Brownsburg High School, (1000 South Odell Street) on Saturday, April 4, 2020, from 8 am to 1 pm.  Please enter the event from Odell Street.

Tox-Away Days are opportunities for Hendricks County households to properly recycle or dispose of household hazardous waste (HHW), tires, electronics & appliances.

All HHW (chemicals, auto fluids, fluorescent bulbs, batteries, pesticides, herbicides, medicines, sharps, fire extinguishers, propane tanks, etc.) is accepted from households free of charge. Latex paint should not be brought to Tox-Away Day for disposal. Instead, dry it out & throw it away.

Fees are charged for the recycling of TV’s ($20/$25), appliances ($5/$10) and tires (over a certain number). Cash & check accepted.

Households only, please. Regulations prohibit business wastes from being accepted.  Check here to learn more.

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May
16
Sat
Tox-Away Day (Danville #1) @ Hendricks County Fairgrounds & Conference Complex
May 16 @ 8:00 am – 1:00 pm

Our second Tox-Away Day for 2020 will be held at the Hendricks County Fairgrounds in Danville (1900 East Main Street ) on Saturday, May 16, 2020, from 8 am to 1 pm.  Please enter the event from Main Street.

Tox-Away Days are opportunities for Hendricks County households to properly recycle or dispose of household hazardous waste (HHW), tires, electronics & appliances.

All HHW (chemicals, auto fluids, fluorescent bulbs, batteries, pesticides, herbicides, medicines, sharps, fire extinguishers, propane tanks, etc.) is accepted from households free of charge. Latex paint should not be brought to Tox-Away Day for disposal. Instead, dry it out & throw it away.

Fees are charged for the recycling of TV’s ($20/$25), appliances ($5/$10) and tires (over a certain number). Cash & check accepted.

Households only, please. Regulations prohibit business wastes from being accepted.  Check here to learn more.

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Jul
11
Sat
Tox-Away Day (Avon) @ Hickory Elementary School
Jul 11 @ 8:00 am – 1:00 pm

Our third Tox-Away Day for 2020 will be held at Hickory Elementary School in Avon, (907 Avon Avenue) on Saturday, July 11, 2020, from 8 am to 1 pm.  Please enter the event from Avon Avenue.

Tox-Away Days are opportunities for Hendricks County households to properly recycle or dispose of household hazardous waste (HHW), tires, electronics & appliances.

All HHW (chemicals, auto fluids, fluorescent bulbs, batteries, pesticides, herbicides, medicines, sharps, fire extinguishers, propane tanks, etc.) is accepted from households free of charge. Latex paint should not be brought to Tox-Away Day for disposal. Instead, dry it out & throw it away.

Fees are charged for the recycling of TV’s ($20/$25), appliances ($5/$10) and tires (over a certain number). Cash & check accepted.

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Sep
19
Sat
Tox-Away Day (Danville #2) @ Hendricks County Fairgrounds & Conference Complex
Sep 19 @ 8:00 am – 1:00 pm

Our fourth Tox-Away Day for 2020 will be held at the Hendricks County Fairgrounds in Danville (1900 East Main Street ) on Saturday, September 19th, from 8 am to 1 pm.  Please enter the event from Main Street.

Tox-Away Days are opportunities for Hendricks County households to properly recycle or dispose of household hazardous waste (HHW), tires, electronics & appliances.

All HHW (chemicals, auto fluids, fluorescent bulbs, batteries, pesticides, herbicides, medicines, sharps, fire extinguishers, propane tanks, etc.) is accepted from households free of charge. Latex paint should not be brought to Tox-Away Day for disposal. Instead, dry it out & throw it away.

Fees are charged for the recycling of TV’s ($20/$25), appliances ($5/$10) and tires (over a certain number). Cash & check accepted.

tox-away-earth-in-hands

Oct
10
Sat
Tox-Away Day (Plainfield) @ Plainfield Middle School
Oct 10 @ 8:00 am – 1:00 pm

Our fifth Tox-Away Day of 2020 will be held at Plainfield Middle School (985 South Longfellow Drive,) on Saturday, October 1o, 2020, from 8 am to 1 pm.

Tox-Away Days are opportunities for Hendricks County households to properly recycle or dispose of household hazardous waste (HHW), tires, electronics & appliances.

All HHW (chemicals, auto fluids, fluorescent bulbs, batteries, pesticides, herbicides, medicines, sharps, fire extinguishers, propane tanks, etc.) is accepted from households free of charge. Latex paint should not be brought to Tox-Away Day for disposal. Instead, dry it out & throw it away.

Fees are charged for the recycling of TV’s ($20/$25), appliances ($5/$10) and tires (over a certain number). Cash & check accepted.

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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
-Pesticides/Herbicides/Fertilizers/Insecticides
-Fluorescent Light Bulbs (tubes and CFL’s)
-Automotive Fluids/Fuels/Antifreeze/Oil Filters
-Pool/Spa Chemicals
-Adhesives
-Acids
-Drain Openers
-Cleaners/Solvents
-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.

ELECTRONICS

-Televisions:
          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

TIRES 

-Passenger Car/Truck:
          First 4:  Free
          Next 8:  $2 each
               Maximum of 12 per household per event
-Truck/Semi-Tractor:
          First 4:  Free
          Next 2:  $5 each
               Maximum of 6 per household per event
-Farm/Tractor:
          $75 each
          $5 each if quartered
               Maximum of 6 per household per eventBatteris-on-End1

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