What is HHW?
Household hazardous waste (HHW) is hazardous waste generated by residents at their home. It is any product with DANGER, WARNING or CAUTION printed on the label. HHW includes products such as paint, automotive fluids, cleaners, lawn and gardent products, bug sprayes, fluorescent light bulbs, batteries and nail polish. These hazardous products are usually kept in the garage, under the sink or in a bathroom cabinet.
Regional HHW Collection Program
The Regional HHW Collection Program provides convenient access to proper HHW disposal for all residents living in the MARC Solid Waste Management District, which encompasses Cass, Clay, Jackson, Platte and Ray counties in Missouri.
If you are a resident of a community that participates in the Regional HHW Collection Program, you are able to take your HHW products free of charge to collection facilities in Kansas City, Missouri and Lee's Summit, Missouri, or to any of the collection events held April through October. Proof of residency is required. Residents of non-participating communities may use the Lee's Summit facility for a fee.
If you live within the district and your city or county is not participating in the program, please contact your city council or county commission.
Download the Regional HHW Collection Program brochure (pdf)
HHW Safety Tips
- Read labels carefully. Avoid buying products with these words on the label: danger, warning, caution, flammable, explosive, corrosive, caustic, toxic or poison.
- Buy only what you need for the job at hand and share what you can't use with a friend or neighbor. Calculate how much paint you need.
- Properly store and organize products to increase safety, maintain product integrity and to avoid buying what you already have. For more information, visit MU Extension.
- Use safer products whenever possible. To get started, visit Safe Alternatives.
For more information about this program, contact Nadja Karpilow, 816-701-8226.