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 Household Hazardous Waste Program

In order to help protect the integrity of the environmental systems within Sarasota County, it is vital that we prevent illicit discharges and improper disposal of household hazardous wastes. Due to safety and cost, most household hazardous wastes are not collected curbside. Sarasota County operates three facilities where these materials may be delivered.
Residents of Sarasota County may take accepted items generated from non-business related activities to one of the County's Chemical Collection Centers for safe disposal for no charge. Proof of residency may be required. See below for more details.
NOTE: Waste generated from a business, a non- or not-for-profit organization, community service or other entrepreneurial venture are not eligible for free disposal.  These types of operations may enroll in Project Green Sweep for their disposal. See the Project Green Sweep page for further information.
Items accepted at these facilities include but are not limited to:  
  • hazardous waste
  • toxic waste
  • paints
  • pesticides
  • automotive batteries
  • fertilizers
  • fire extinguishers
  • fluorescent lamps (and compact fluorescent lamps)
  • gasoline 
  • cleaners
  • lawn and garden
  • chemicals
  • paint thinner
  • solvents
  • rechargeable batteries
  • cell phones
  • electronics
  • used motor oil
The ReUzIt Shop located at 8750 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota contains re-usable products that are dropped off at the county's chemical collection centers and are provided free of charge. 

 Proof of Residency

In order to be responsible financial stewards for our residents, participants may be asked for proof of residency and the source of the materials being offered for disposal. Residents may use their driver's license, tax bill, utility bill, or deed as proof of residency.

 Ammunition, Fireworks and Flare Disposal

Flares, fireworks, ammunition, guns and bullets should be taken to your local law enforcement agency for disposal. Call your local law enforcement agency for details
  • City of North Port at 941-426-3111 
  • City of Venice at 941-486-2444
  • City of Sarasota at 941-954-7025
  • Sarasota County Sheriff's Office at 941-951-8000 or 941-316-1201
  • Town of Longboat Key 941-316-1977

 Pharmaceutical Disposal

Pharmaceuticals are no longer accepted at the Sarasota County Chemical Collection Centers.  Please refer to the Sarasota County Sheriff website for pharmaceutical disposal information. 

 Household Battery Disposal

  • Recycling buckets have been placed at local retail and community sites throughout the county to collect certain types of batteries that contain toxic metals.
  • Batteries may also be dropped off at any chemical collection center.
  • Alkaline batteries can be placed in the garbage for disposal, these would be AA, AAA, C, D, etc.
  • Batteries not allowed in garbage include:
    • button batteries for watches and hearing aids
    • nickel-cadmium and lithium-ion batteries found in cordless phones
    • rechargeable batteries like those found in cordless drills lead power wheels used in laptops
      • These are the batteries usually found in: toys, flashlights, clocks and radios.

 Home Electronics Disposal

If electronic equipment (see list below) has been generated through your own personal use, it may be taken to one of Sarasota County's three Household Chemical Collection drop-off centers for disposal.  
  • televisions
  • computer systems
  • monitors
  • printers
  • scanners/fax machines
  • power supplier
All Sarasota County residents may bring the electronics listed above to Sarasota County's Household Chemical Collection Centers when the centers are open, refer to the Collection Sites page for a list of locations and hours. Other electronic equipment may still be placed in the garbage for disposal (see list below) 
  • vacuum cleaners
  • stereos
  • speakers
  • telephones (remove the battery first)
Sarasota County, thru Waste Management, Inc. (WMI) offers curbside pick-up of electronics to residential customers.
Call WMI at 941-493-4100 to request this service. If the service is not specifically requested, WMI will place a sticker on any electronic equipment left curbside, indicating that the resident must call WMI and request a special pick-up. WMI will pick up only electronics that can be brought to a Sarasota County collection center.
NOTE: Copiers are excluded from curbside collection. The Bee Ridge Chemical Collection Center and Central County Citizens Convenience Center are the only locations accepting copiers. There is a fee for copier disposal.

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