Household Hazardous Waste

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Facility
The City of Newport News operates a permanent Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Facility at the Recovery Operations Center, 550 Atkinson Way, Newport News (approximately one mile north of Denbigh Boulevard on Warwick Boulevard). HHW and electronic waste including televisions are accepted only on Fridays and Saturdays each week from 8 AM to 4 PM except on city-observed holidays.

Newport News residents who wish to drop off HHW are advised to call the facility at 757-886-7947, Monday through Saturday, 8 AM to 4 PM to ensure that the items they will deliver are acceptable. A list of acceptable and unacceptable items is given below.

Household Hazardous Waste & Electronics Collection Program
The City of Newport News Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics Collection Program provides an opportunity for you to dispose of a variety of chemicals and electronics. The materials that are collected will be recycled or disposed of in an environmentally sound manner. Due to Department of Transportation limitations on Hazardous Waste Transport in private vehicles, we must limit residents to 5 gallons of liquid and/or 75 pounds of solid materials per visit.

Acceptable Materials
  • Household Maintenance Products - oil paints, latex paints, stains, wood sealers, thinners, solvents, adhesives, glues
  • Automotive Products - gasoline and other fuels, auto batteries, car waxes, oil and gasoline mixtures, brake fluid, fuel additives
  • Lawn and Garden Products - insecticides, weed killers, pesticides, fertilizers, swimming pool chemicals
  • Miscellaneous Products - photo finishing supplies, chemistry sets, charcoal fluid, household batteries, fluorescent bulbs / tubes, compact fluorescent bulbs
  • Electronics - no more than two TVs and two  computer monitors per household, CPUs, scanners, fax machines, VCRs
Learn what to do with unwanted TVs and computer monitors.

Unacceptable Materials
  • Asbestos
  • Large quantities of unknown materials
  • Waste containing polychlorinated biphenyl (PCBs) (i.e. coolant from old appliances, transformers)
  • Household garbage and trash
  • Business or medical wastes
  • Explosives, compressed gas cylinders
  • Smoke alarms or other radioactive products
Transporting Your Materials
  • Please keep chemicals in their original containers
  • Check to make sure lids are tight. Place chemicals in a sturdy cardboard box (boxes with dividers work well). If a container is leaking, pack it in a larger container and use cat litter or another absorbent material to soak up leaks
  • Place chemicals that react with each other in different boxes. For example, bleach and ammonia should be placed in separate boxes
  • Put chemicals in the trunk or rear of your vehicle just before you come to the site; don't leave them there for a long time prior to the collection
  • Never smoke around hazardous chemicals
Questions?
For more information on the Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics Collection Program, call 757-933-2311.