Household Hazardous Waste

Special Household Hazardous Waste Event in Wayne - October 16, 2021!

On Saturday, October 16, 2021, 8:00am - 10:00am, you can recycle your household hazardous waste (HHW) at the Wayne Recycling & Trash Center (RTC), 110 Windom St.

  • Fee: $10 drop-off fee per vehicle
  • Accepted HHW Items: Latex & oil-based paint, pesticides, herbicides, oil, cleaning chemicals, yard & garden chemicals, anti-freeze, car batteries, mercury & mercury containing devices, and fluorescent light bulbs, including CFLs. Household quantities only.
  • Not Accepted: Tires, electronics, appliances, PCBs, picric acid, science lab materials, radioactive materials, or biological hazards.

Why should I bring in my HHW instead of throwing it in the landfill?

Household hazardous waste is hazardous. The items above contain chemicals that should not be poured down our drains or thrown into our landfill, where the toxins can then contaminate our water and soil. It is difficult to properly dispose of these items so save them until the next HHW collection event.

Where else can I take electronics, paint, light bulbs, or CFLs (must not be broken)?

Outside of special collections in Wayne or neighboring towns, you can take electronics to Nebraska Electronics Recycling & Disposal in Norfolk or any Best Buy.

You can take household hazardous waste items like oil & latex paint, cleaning chemicals, pesticides, aerosol cans, and compact fluorescent light bulbs (not broken) to the City of Norfolk's Household Hazardous Waste Facility. This HHW Facility serves the entire Lower Elkhorn Natural Resource District, which includes all of Wayne County and surrounding areas. Located at 610 East Monroe Ave. in Norfolk, it is open Monday thru Friday, 7:30 am to 5 pm, and Saturday 7:30 am to noon. Only households are allowed to bring their HHW. Check the website for a list of acceptable items or call first with questions: 402-844-2231. Other disposal options for businesses are listed on the website.

How Successful was our Household Hazardous Waste Event in 2019?

Thank you to our community for great support at the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event held on October 12, 2019. In just two hours, this event served more than 80 households and collected the following Household Hazardous Wastes:

  • Pesticides: 1,320 pounds
  • Paint: 2,350 pounds
  • Oil: 90 gallons
  • Antifreeze: 15 gallons
  • Car Batteries: 100 pounds
  • Light Bulbs: 257
  • Other recyclable material: 420 pounds

Thank you to our partners!

The Wayne Green Team thanks Northeast Nebraska Resource Conservation & Development for choosing Wayne to host this event (now four times in the last five years). We also thank the Nebraska Environmental Trust, Gill Hauling, the City of Wayne and the Wayne State College Women's Soccer team for volunteering in 2019. With committed partners like these in our community, we will reach our goal of Zero Waste in Wayne.

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