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Household Chemical & Electronic Drop-off at Wauwatosa City Hall September 17, 2022

09/07/22 08:29:am

Get Rid of Household Chemicals and Electronics All in One Trip

There’s a one-day collection to get rid of nasty chemicals around the house and some electronics. Stop by the parking lot behind Wauwatosa City Hall on September 17 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pesticides, old paint, mercury thermometers? We will safely dispose of them for you to help keep them out of the environment and our drinking water. Can’t make it to this one-day collection? No problem. We have three drop-off centers open all year long. View locations, hours, and a complete list of items we accept.

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Our partners at Refrigerant Depot will be at the Wauwatosa event to collect old and unused electronics.

FREE Disposal Items Include:

Electronics Recycling Disposal Costs:

  • Televisions = $35
    (Any size/type – including projectors)   
  • Computer Monitors = $10
    (Any size – including all-in-one monitors)
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Drive-Through Collection Sites Open All Year Long

If you can’t make it to the Wauwatosa event, there are three Home HazMat collection sites open all year for Milwaukee County residents. New in 2021, is the location on 13th Street in Milwaukee, just north of College Avenue.

COVID-19 safety measures remain in place.

  • You must stay in your vehicle at all times.
  • Put all items in the trunk or as close to the hatchback as possible. For social distancing purposes, we will NOT accept or unload any items in back seats that are directly behind the driver’s seat. 
  • We will NOT return cardboard boxes used to transport items to the collection.
  • We WILL return gas cans used for transporting old gas or gas/oil mixtures. However, the cans will be sprayed with a disinfectant before we hand them back to you.

Items You Can Bring:

Garage & Workshop


Artist’s paints and media


Auto body repair products

Automobile oil

Ballasts (without light fixture)

Battery acid

Brake fluid

Car wax, solvent-based

Contact cement

Deck strippers (wood bleach, sealers and preservatives)

Driveway sealer

Fuel additives

Fiberglass epoxy

Fluorescent light bulbs

Gasoline/oil mixtures

Gasoline and other fuels

Glue, solvent-based

Glue, water-based

Joint compound


Latex paint

Lighter fluid

Non-automotive oils

Oil filters

Oil-based paint

Paint thinner

Paint stripper

Parts cleaner

Pepper spray

Photographic chemicals

Road flares

Roofing tar

Rust remover

Sealers (wood & concrete)



Transmission fluid



Wood filler

Wood preservative


Kitchen & Bathroom

Cleaners, solvent-based


Floor care products

Hair remover

Nail polish

Nail polish remover

Oven cleaner

Mercury thermometers

Home & Garden

Aerosol cans, full

Batteries (button & rechargeable)

Dry cleaning solvent

Fertilizer (with pesticides)


Furniture polish

Metal polish, solvent-based

Insect spray

Lamp Oil

Light ballasts (W/out light fixture)



Pool chemicals

Rat poison

Shoe polish

Spot remover

Stump remover

Mercury thermostats

Weed killer

Please Do Not Bring These Items:


Compressed gas cylinders

Car batteries

Clothes dryers


Containers larger than 15 gallons


Fire Extinguishers


Marine flares

Medical Waste


Prescription drugs

Propane cylinder

Radioactive waste


Sharps / needles

Smoke detectors



Tires of any type

Washing machines

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MMSD Water Drop Alert

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Receive Water Drop Alert text messages when heavy rain threatens the area. When a Water Drop Alert has been issued, a reminder is sent to use less water.

What do you do when an alert is issued?

  • Hold off on washing dishes and laundry
  • Take a shorter shower 
  • Empty your rain barrel
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