Household Hazardous Waste Disposal

Household Hazardous Waste Disposal

Colorado residents can participate in local household hazardous waste disposal programs. To participate in these programs, you must be able to prove that you are a resident of the county or city hosting the program. The following local government agencies have such programs:

Adams County, Arapahoe County, and Douglas County
Residents in these three counties are served by Tri-County Health Department, (303) 220-9200. You can also call the Hazardous Waste Specialist, Commerce City Tri-County Health Office, (303) 761-1340.
Adams County has a permanent oil recycling program facility. Household hazardous waste events are held annually. Call (303) 287-5249 for information. Further, each city in Adams County has household hazardous waste roundup events. Call the Public Works office of the city you live in.
Arapahoe County – Greenwood Village residents can solid waste collection service includes pickup of some household hazardous wastes. Call (303) 708-6154 for further details.
Arapahoe County – Englewood conducts an annual collection program at the Englewood Service Center. Call (303) 762-2348 for more information.
Arapahoe County – Aurora hosts a one-day household hazardous waste program each year. Call (303) 739-7250 for more information.
Douglas County hosts a one-day household hazardous waste disposal program each year. It is conducted for residents of Castle Rock, Castle Pines Village, Castle Pines North, and Silver Heights. Call (303) 688-8330 for more information.
Elbert County
No formal program at this time. More information may be found by calling (303) 621-3179.
Boulder County
Boulder County Household Hazardous Waste Program accepts reservations to drop off waste. To make a reservation, call (303) 441-3930. The program also maintains a hotline telephone number: (303) 441-4800. Visit them on their website at
Denver County
Denver County Solid Waste Division does not conduct a household hazardous waste disposal program. However, it does have a recycling program that can be contacted by calling (303) 640-1675. Visit the Denver Recycles Household Chemical Recycling Directory here at
El Paso and Teller Counties
The Household Chemical Waste Collection Program for El Paso and Teller Counties collects waste two times each year at Penrose Stadium and annually at a satellite location. It also has an emergency drop-off facility for residents who are moving out of town. Call (719) 575-8450 for more information.
Jefferson County
The Jefferson County Household Chemical Collection Center is open Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Call (303) 584-4646 for a reservation to drop off waste.
Westminster collects waste oil and antifreeze. For information, call (303) 430-2400.
Larimer County
Larimer County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility collects waste at the Larimer County Landfill. The hours of operation are Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and the third Saturday of the month and from 9″00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and by appointment. Call (970) 498-5760 for more information. Visit us at
Park County
Park County Environmental Health Department does not conduct a household hazardous waste program. For inquiries about environmental related services, call 980-1836 Ext. 265 from the Denver area.
Weld County
Information regarding household waste disposal may be obtained by calling the Weld County Department of Health Services at (970) 353-0586.

U.S. Electric power plants contribute to greenhouse gases and other air pollutants.

U.S. Electric power plants contribute to greenhouse gases and other air pollutants. Saving electric power directly reduces these pollutants and saves you money as well.


In 1995, the U.S. produced 2,995 billion kilowatt hours of electricity from the following sources:

Coal: 1,653 billion KWH
Nuclear: 673 billion KWH
Gas: 307 billion KWH
Hydroelectric: 296 billion KWH
Petroleum: 61 billion KWH
Geothermal: 4.7 billion KWH
Biomass: 1.6 billion KWH
Wind: .01 billion KWH
Photovoltaic: .004 billion KWH
In 1995 electricity production emitted 1,968 million tons of carbon dioxide. The average household used its electricity in the following ways:
Refrigeration: 14%
Air conditioning: 14%
Space heating: 12%
Water heating: 10%
Lights: 10 %
TV: 7%
Clothes dryer: 5%
Freezers: 4%
Range/oven: 3%
Other: 21%

Demand-side management refers to saving electricity at the end point of use – in customers’ homes. Although changes in the electric industry, toward more competition, may affect demand-side management programs, many electric utilities are offering ideas and incentives to save energy. Below are links to sites with electric savings help.
Trace the Energy Dollar. Gulf Power provides a chart and lists power usage for household appliances.
Southern California Edison providces many ideas for saving electricity throughout the home.
It costs more to operate an electric hot water heater than a gas one. Consider replacing an old electric one with a gas Hot Water Heater.
When buying a computer for home, be sure to look for EPA’s Energy Star logo. Computers and monitors participating in the Energy Star program have special energy-saving features.