Hazardous Materials


For disposal of old paint, and other hazardous materials, please contact the Solid Waste Authority (S.W.A.C.O.) at (614) 871-5100 for a schedule of drop-off locations. S.W.A.C.O. will not accept: 
  • Appliances Tires Trash Propane tanks (over 20 lbs.),
  • Asbestos
  • Improperly packaged needles and bulk medical waste
  • Computers
  • Household Cleaners
  • Latex paint (once dried, latex paint is not considered hazardous and can be disposed of in your bagged and tied trash)
To properly dispose of insulin syringes and lancets:  
  • Always place used needles in a safe container.
  • Buy a sharps container at the pharmacy or place needles in a hard plastic bottle (bleach, 2-Liter Pop) with screw top. ◦Seal the cap tightly using duct tape. Label the bottle "Danger. Needles Inside." Place the bottle in a tied trash bag and put it in a trash can.
Safe Disposal of illegal needles:  
  • Use an outdoor needle drop box.

    Equitas Health (Short North)
    1033 N. High St
    Tuesdays: 3:00pm – 5:30pm
    Saturdays: 8:30am – 12:30pm

    Southeast, Inc. (Franklin Station)
    524 W. Broad St, Suite B
    Fridays: 8:30am – 12:30pm

    24-hour Syringe Disposal Box
    Located at the Franklin County Job and Family Services, East Opportunity Center
    1055 Mount Vernon Avenue Columbus, Ohio 43203
    Disposal Hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

  • Return used needles and get new ones at a needlesafe disposal exchange program.