Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events
Grand Prairie residents have the option of bringing household hazardous wastes to a local HHW collection event here in Grand Prairie or taking household hazardous waste to the Environmental Collection Center (ECC) in Fort Worth, 6400 Bridge St. near I-30 and Loop 820. The ECC is open on Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. A current water bill or driver’s license is required as proof of residency. For more information call the ECC at (817) 392-3279.
NOTE: To comply with new regulations, old medicines (both prescribed and over-the-counter) are no longer accepted at household hazardous waste collection events. Take old medicines to the Grand Prairie Police Department’s Public Safety Building at 1525 Arkansas Lane or call 972-237-8811 anytime Monday thru Friday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.
NOT Accepted Items
Any household product that you no longer want, but which should not be put in the garbage or washed down the drain, is considered household hazardous waste (HHW).
Many of these items are toxic, corrosive, or flammable. All of them have the potential to adversely impact the environment if not disposed of properly.
Toxic – has the ability to cause illness or injury if inhaled, ingested, absorbed through the skin, or injected. Toxicity is measured by how much of the substance is required to produce harmful effects. Products which may contain toxic substances include pesticides and herbicides, household cleaners, antifreeze, compact fluorescent lights, and pharmaceuticals.
Corrosive – dissolves metals or burns the skin. Household products which may contain corrosive ingredients include pool chemicals, household cleaners, rust removers, and drain openers.
Flammable – ignites more easily or at lower temperatures. Common flammable products include gasoline, solvents (mineral spirits, paint thinner, nail polish remover), adhesives, charcoal, and mothballs. Some items, such as bleach and hydrogen peroxide, are not flammable, but they may help cause or accelerate combustion.
Greasy wastes, such as cooking oil, will clog sewer lines if poured down the drain. Others, such as cleaning and laundry products, are designed to go down the drain when used according to the directions. However, the drain should not be used as a disposal mechanism for leftover or unwanted chemicals. The wastewater treatment system can not remove all contaminants, so whatever remains goes into the rivers and lakes.
Treatment plants were not designed to remove pharmaceuticals, so medications should never be flushed or washed down the drain.