What is Hazardous Waste?

Collection Events in 2023

Please check the Orange County Government Household Hazardous Waste page for updates and more information about community collection events. 

Hazard Labels

It is defined as any product that includes any of the following words on its label: 

  • Acid
  • Caustic
  • Corrosive
  • Danger
  • Explosive
  • Flammable
  • Pesticide
  • Poison
  • Warning

Latex or oil based paints, and items containing mercury, such as fluorescent lights and thermostats, are also considered hazardous waste. 

Household Hazardous Products

Here are some other common household hazardous products. This is not a complete list, but it will help you understand which products you should be especially cautious about.

  • Cleaning products: strippers, cleaners, and soaps.
  • Fertilizers: liquid and granular.
  • Herbicides: weed killers, tree stump rotters.
  • LP Gas bottles
  • Pesticides: insect killers, rodent killers.
  • Petroleum Products: gasoline, oil, and diesel fuel.
  • Pool chemicals: chlorine, acids.
  • Rechargeable batteries: Ni-cad, Lithium.
  • Unknown or unlabeled products.
  • Wet paint: oil and water based, aerosols, stains.

For your safety and the safety of our environment, please, carefully follow all product directions and avoid using these products in excessive amounts.

Additional Information

Whenever you have questions about a product, you can call the Orange County Solid Waste Hotline 407-836-6601 for more detailed information.