Hazardous Waste

Hazardous Waste General Information

Most hazardous household products are intended to be used without any waste, but inevitably some products must be discarded. Always read the label carefully on unfamiliar items before you throw them away. Products labeled corrosive, flammable, toxic or reactive are household hazardous wastes and need to be disposed of properly by the resident at any of the Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County's transfer stations. 

Never dispose of household hazardous products by placing them at curbside for City collection, burning, or pouring down the household drain or storm drain. If placed for curbside pickup, these products can be dangerous or injurious to anyone, including our Sanitation personnel. 

If you witness a hazardous spill or release, call 911 immediately. If you see someone pour a substance into an inlet, or if you see or smell an unknown substance into an inlet, call the Fire Department immediately (911). Never try samples of the substance yourself. Leave that task to the professionals!

Note: Common household batteries (alkaline, heavy duty) are not considered hazardous waste and can be disposed of in your regular garbage.

Household hazardous waste includes, but is not limited to the following:

Acids/CausticsFertilizersPaint - Latex/Oil
AntifreezeFluorescent tubesPetroleum products
Batteries - Car/MarineGreasePool chemicals
Batteries (Rechargeable)MedicinesPropane tanks
Bleach/ChlorineMineralsRat poison
ChemicalsMotor oilSolvents
ElectronicsNeedles/SyringesWeed Killers

Disposal Instructions 

Disposal of hazardous waste is the responsibility of the tenant, property owner or contractor and not the City. 

For proper disposal instructions of household hazardous waste, please call the Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County toll free at 866-792-4636. For disposal of hypodermic needles, call the Palm Beach County Health Department, South Center at 561-274-3100. 

Note: Regular fluorescent light bulbs and CFL's contain mercury, and should not be disposed of curbside. Homeowners are encouraged to bring their used household fluorescent bulbs to any one of Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County's hazardous waste drop-off locations or to home improvement stores.

Hazardous Waste Drop-off Locations

All household hazardous waste drop-off locations are self-service with the exception of the main collection center on North Jog Road in West Palm Beach, which is attended Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Southwest County Transfer Station 

  • 13400 S State Road 7 (US 441), Delray Beach, FL 33446
  • Call 866-792-4636 for directions to the facility. 

The transfer station accepts household hazardous waste Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. - 5 p.m and on Saturdays, 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. 

SWA’s Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center

Used Motor Oil Drop-off Locations

The City of Boca Raton does not collect used motor oil for disposal or recycling. In addition to the Southwest County Transfer Station, the following facilities located in Boca Raton will accept small quantities (up to 2 gallons) of used motor oil. The used motor oil must not be mixed with other substances or it will not be accepted. Call first for operating hours:


  • 5101 N Federal Highway, Boca Raton, FL 33487 
  • Phone: 561-997-5666

Advanced Auto Parts

  • 1776 N Dixie Highway, Boca Raton, FL 33432
  • Phone: 561-362-5541

It is illegal to pour used motor oil into canals/waterways because of the threat to our water supply.  


For tire disposal guidelines, please contact the Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County at 866-792-4636 or visit their website.