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You can drop off household hazardous waste via a program funded by the residents of the City of Racine, Village of Sturtevant, Village of Elmwood Park, Village of North Bay, Village of Wind Point, Village of Mt. Pleasant and Village of Caledonia.

Where: 6200 21st Street, west of Hwy 31, north of the former Sam’s Club.
When: Every 3rd Saturday April through October 8:00am – 1:00pm

The following items require disposal through hazardous waste collection only

  • Adhesives and glues with solvents
  • Antifreeze (can also be recycled)
  • Brake fluid (can also be recycled)
  • Artistic or hobby paint
  • Batteries (can also be recycled)
  • Carburetor cleaner
  • Concrete cleaner
  • Degreasers
  • Driveway sealer
  • Fertilizer
  • Floor/wax stripper
  • Fluorescent light bulbs
  • Furniture stripper
  • Gasoline and other fuels
  • Insect spray
  • Lead-based paint
  • Lighter fluid
  • Mercury thermometers
  • Metal cleaners
  • Mothballs
  • Oil-based paint
  • Oven cleaners
  • Polish and spot removers
  • Paint remover
  • Paint thinner
  • Pool chemicals
  • Rat/rodent poison
  • Stain, varnish, lacquer
  • Transmission fluid
  • Turpentine
  • Weed killer
  • Wood preservatives

The following items can be poured down the drain

  • Disinfectants
  • Windshield washer
  • Cleaners with ammonia or bleach

The following items can be placed in the trash

  • Alkaline batteries (AAA–D)
  • Medications*
  • Putty, grout and caulk
  • Water-based blue
  • Empty containers **
  • Driveway sealer
  • Glazes, spackle
  • Latex paint***
  • Drain, oven & toilet cleaners

* Medications: While it is acceptable to place some medications in the trash, disposal through a pharmaceutical collection would be a better option.

** Empty containers can also be disposed of through recycling, unless the container has other disposal recommendations.

*** Latex paint: Latex paint is not considered a hazardous material and will not be accepted at household hazardous waste collections. The best option is to use up the paint you have. It could also be donated to a local charity, school, church or other institution. Latex paint can be disposed of in the garbage if it has been dried.

Options for drying include putting kitty litter or sand in a box and pouring the paint over the top. A waste paint hardener could be purchased as well. It costs around $2.00 and should be available at area hardware stores. Finally, if there is less than ¼ of the paint in the can; leave the lid open for a few days and allow it to dry. The container may then be placed with your regular garbage.

For more information about the hazardous waste program, visit the Racine Wastewater Utilities page or call 262-636-9181