Every home in Huntsville and Madison County has hazardous products that need to be disposed of safely.  These items can be hazardous to the environment, animals and our families when they are disposed of improperly.

The goal of the Handle With Care household hazardous waste program is to reduce the toxicity of the community’s waste stream by removing as much of the household hazardous wastes as possible. By achieving this goal, the program is reducing injuries to waste-handling personnel; lessening the risks of injuries to fire and rescue personnel due to improper storage of hazardous waste in homes; decreasing air, ground and water pollution as well as the contamination to our local sewage treatment plants and storm drains.  The program is free of charge to all residents of Madison County, the City of Huntsville, and the City of Madison.

Businesses may call 256-880-6054 concerning the Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator Program, and business disposal of hazardous waste.

You can drop off household hazardous waste on the first Saturday of each month from 8:00 a.m. to Noon (second Saturday if major holiday on Monday or Friday) at the Handle with Care Collection Center at the Huntsville Landfill, 4100 Leeman Ferry Road. For special assistance, call 256-880-6054.


September 10, 2016 is Mercury Roundup Day! Bring items that contain mercury like florescent bulbs; thermometers; anything marked with the chemical symbol Hg. 

Acceptable Household Hazardous Wastes

Paint and Paint Related Products  +

Automotive Products  +

Lawn & Garden Poisons  +

Household Cleaners  +

Old TVs and Computers  +

Household Chemicals  +


We can not accept explosives, radioactive or biological waste.

If you are not sure about the acceptability of an item, contact the
Household Hazardous Waste Program at 256-880-6054.


Correct Packaging

Please try to bring household hazardous wastes in their original containers. However, if these containers are damaged please put them in a box that has been lined with two garbage bags or in a container with a lid. If your household wastes are leaking, put the box or container in cat litter, sawdust or other similar absorbent materials.

Prevention is the Best Cure!

The best way to get rid of household hazardous waste, is to not collect it in the first place. Here are a few hints for reducing the chemical clutter in your home:

  1. Only purchase the amount of product you will use in a reasonable period of time. When buying paint, insecticides or pesticides, figure the area you will be working with, then check the product label for coverage instructions.
  2. Use all of the product according to the instructions on the label. Rinse the empty container three times before disposing of it in your regular household trash.
  3. See if your neighbors or local organizations can use any excess product you may have left over.
  4. Become a label reader. Just as consumers are becoming more environmentally conscious, so are the manufacturers. Try to purchase environmentally friendly products.