Household Hazardous Waste

Where can I take my household hazardous waste for responsible disposal?

If you’ve been wondering where you can take your yucky household hazardous waste items like oil & latex paint, cleaning chemicals, pesticides, aerosol cans, and even compact fluorescent light bulbs (not broken), try 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 E Monroe Ave in Norfolk, it is open Mon thru Fri 7:30am to 5pm, and Sat 7:30am 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. 

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.

When is the next HHW event?

Usually these events occur in Wayne every 2-3 years, but our sponsor, the NE Nebraska RC&D, has not been able to secure funding for this year's event.  We hope the situation will turn around soon.  Always check back for news on the next local HHW event in the area and save your items until then, or take them to City of Norfolk’s Household Hazardous Waste Facility. Thank you!

How successful was our last HHW Collection Event?

Thank you to our community for great support at the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event held on October 16, 2021. In just two hours, this event served more than 80 households and collected the following Household Hazardous Waste:

  • Pesticides: 2,600 pounds
  • Paint: 9,670 pounds
  • Oil: 155 gallons
  • Antifreeze: 56 gallons
  • Light Bulbs: 1,061 bulbs
  • Other recyclable material: 760 pounds

Thank you to our partners!

The Wayne Green Team thanks Northeast Nebraska Resource Conservation & Development for choosing Wayne to host four HHW collection events since 2016. We also thank the Nebraska Environmental Trust, Waste Connections, the City of Wayne, and the Wayne State College Men's Baseball team for volunteering in 2021. With committed partners like these in our community, we will reach our goal of Zero Waste in Wayne.

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