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Residential Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event November 2

Residential Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event November 2

Published: October 23, 2019

Catawba County’s fall residential household hazardous waste collection event will take place Saturday, November 2 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Winkler Park, home of L.P. Frans Stadium and the Hickory Crawdads. The park is located at 2500 Clement Blvd. NW in Hickory. The event is open to Catawba County residents only and is free of charge.

A partial list of residential household hazardous waste accepted at the event includes the following:

  • Household cleaners such as drain openers, toilet bowl cleaners, oven cleaners, disinfectants, and pine cleaners
  • Paint products such as latex and oil-based paints, solvents, thinners, shellacs, varnishes, wood preservatives, and sealers
  • Automotive products such as lead-acid batteries, used motor oil, antifreeze, brake fluid, and auto starter fluid
  • Pesticides and insecticides such as poisons and aerosols
  • Chemical-based products such as acids, bases, kerosene, household batteries, photographic chemicals, pool chemicals, gas cylinders, fluorescent tubes, and mercury thermometers
  • Electronics such as computer monitors and intact televisions, laptops, floppy drives, hard drives, ink/toner cartridges, modems, cell phones, answering machines, CD players, tape players, calculators, copiers, duplicators, microwaves, electronic typewriters, pagers, radios, remote controls, scanners, stereos, and VCRs
  • Medications and prescription drugs (not including sharps or needles)

Residents who bring plastic bags to be recycled will receive a reusable bag courtesy of Keep Catawba County Beautiful.

For safety reasons, the event will not accept tires, radioactive waste, biologically active or infectious waste, unknown gases or chemicals, dioxin-related waste, explosives, household garbage, or TVs with broken screens or internal parts removed. No business waste will be accepted.

To assist with electronics recycling and disposal, the County contracts with companies certified to ensure proper handling and security of the waste collected. All data and data-bearing devices on electronic equipment will be destroyed, but the County cannot guarantee the non-disclosure of any information left on equipment.

The one-day event is sponsored by Catawba County Utilities and Engineering and is co-sponsored by the City of Hickory, Keep Catawba County Beautiful, Cooperative Extension Service, and the NC State Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. For more information, please contact Catawba County Utilities and Engineering at (828) 465-8217 or visit