Address: 2750 Patterson Street, Greensboro, NC 27407
Hours: Mondays through Fridays from 10 am to 6 pm; Saturdays from 8 am to 2 pm; Closed Sundays.
Phone: 336-373-CITY (2489)
What types of items can I bring to the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center?
The following items should be brought to the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center and not disposed of with regular household garbage. The HHW Center is available for residential use only. If you have more tough HHW questions, use the Waste Wizard to search something specific and find out if it can be dropped of at the HHW Center.
Garage and Workshop Products:
Wet cell batteries
Gasoline and other fuels
Home and Garden Products:
Glue (solvent based)
Metal polish (solvent-based)
Cleaners (solvent based)
Floor care products
All types of batteries
What items are not allowed at the HHW?Prohibited Items:
Do not bring any of the following items to the HHW Center:
Explosives or shock-sensitive materials
Reactive or unstable materials
Commercial hazardous waste
Unknown or unlabeled materials
What are some less toxic alternatives to chemical cleaners?
The best way to handle household hazardous materials is to avoid them altogether. Below are a few recipes for less-toxic cleaning substitutes.
All Purpose Cleaner - Mix 1/2 cup of borax with one gallon of water.
Fabric Softener - Add 1/4 cup of baking soda or white vinegar to the rinse cycle.
Furniture Polish - Mix two parts vegetable oil and one part lemon juice.
Silver Polish - Soak silver in one quart of warm water with one teaspoon of baking soda, one teaspoon of salt, and a small piece of aluminum foil.
Chrome and Stainless Steel Cleaner - Dip dry cloth into flour and rub on the surface.
Wood Floor Cleaner - Dampen cloth with a solution of water and mild soap. Wring cloth almost dry and wipe section by section, so that no section stays wet.
Brass Cleaner - Mix equal parts lemon juice and baking soda to make a paste. Cover brass surface with paste and allow to dry, then quickly wipe off. Ceramic Tile Cleaner - Mix equal parts of white vinegar and borax to paste.
Oven Cleaner - Sprinkle with water and baking soda. Rub gently with a fine steel wool pad; line oven with aluminum foil.
Glass cleaner - Mix three tablespoons of white vinegar in two cups of warm water.
Air Freshener - Place baking soda or herbs in an open dish.
Rug and Upholstery Cleaner - Sprinkle cornstarch. Let sit for five minutes, then vacuum.