Household Hazardous Waste

Definition of Household Hazardous Waste
Unwanted household products labels as flammable, toxic, corrosive or reactive are household hazardous wastes (HHW). All hazardous products must include a signal word - danger, warning or caution - on the label.

What's the Problem

When HHW ends up in household trash or is poured down sinks or storm drains, it not only endangers or health and safety, but it also poses risks for our communities, wildlife and the environment.  In order to protect our health and environment, we must know how to properly use, store and dispose of HHW. Though usually safe when used according to label directions, these products can become dangerous when people are unaware, or forget, that they are handling hazardous products.

Hazardous products can cause:
  • Blindness
  • Death
  • Illness
  • Poisoning
  • Severe Burns
Safely Dispose of HHW
The City of Blue Springs is a member community of the MARC Regional HHW Collection Program and pays a per capita rate per year for residents to safely dispose of HHW. Residents can use the permanent facility in Kansas City or Lee's Summit, and attend the Blue Springs event at no charge. 
 

Facilities
No charge for residents of Blue Springs

City of Kansas City HHW Facility
4707 Deramus
Kansas City, MO 64120
Ph: 816-513-8400
website
 
No appointment needed
Thursday - Friday
9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Saturday
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.



City of Lee's Summit HHW Facility

2101 SE Hamblen
Lee's Summit, MO 64082
Ph: 816-969-1805
website

 By appointment only
1st Saturday of Month
7 a.m. - Noon

3rd Wednesday of Month (Year Round)
2 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

100 pound limit per visit
Tips
  • Read lables carefully. Avoid buying products with lables containing the words: danger, warning, flammable, explosive, corrosive, caustic, toxic or poision.
  • Use safer products whenever possible. There are a number of recipes available to make your own safer alternative.
  • Buy only as much as you need for the job at hand.
  • Recycle what can be recycled in your area, such as motor oil and auto batteries.