Hazardous Waste

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Hazardous Waste at Your Home

Due to safety and cost, most household hazardous wastes are not collected curbside. 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 free of charge. Proof of county residency (driver’s license, tax bill, utility bill, etc.) may be required. 


Items Accepted

Automotive batteries Hazardous waste 
Automotive products Lawn and garden chemicals
Batteries (button, nickel-cadmium, lithium-ion, rechargeable) Paints
Cell phones Paint thinner
Chemicals Pesticides
Cleaners Pool chemicals
Electronics (computer systems, printers, etc.) Rechargeable batteries
Fertilizers Sharps (needles, lancets) in proper container ONLY
Fire extinguishers Solvents
Fluorescent lamps and compact fluorescent lamps Toxic waste
Gasoline Used motor oil

For items not listed above, contact the Sarasota County Hazardous Waste office to confirm disposal options and requirements.


How Do I Dispose Of...

Alkaline batteries may be placed in the garbage.
Electronics such as monitors, stereos, speakers, telephones (remove batteries and dispose of properly), TVs and vacuum cleaners may be placed in the garbage.
Flares, fireworks, guns and ammunition should be taken to your local law enforcement agency for disposal. 
Needle Disposal Program and Free Sharps Containers are available through the Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County. 
Pharmaceuticals are no longer accepted at the Sarasota County Chemical Collection Centers. Multiple drop-off locations for prescription drugs are available throughout Sarasota County.  Video: Dispose of Unwanted Prescriptions at SCSO.



Hazardous Waste at Your Business 

“Hazardous waste” is a legal term that describes certain toxic, ignitable, corrosive, or reactive wastes generated in manufacturing, industrial or other processes.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) offers simple guides to explain hazardous wastes and help you determine whether you generate hazardous wastes and are subject to regulation. Your company is responsible for making hazardous waste determinations correctly.

The Sarasota County Hazardous Waste Management Office works in tandem with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Hazardous Waste Regulation Section to provide compliance assistance to commercial enterprises within the county.

Sarasota County's Project Green Sweep Program

Project Green Sweep offers a responsible, cost effective method to properly dispose of small quantities of hazardous and regulated wastes that are banned from landfill disposal to qualified businesses in Sarasota County.

Businesses interested in participating should complete the on-line application or print and return a completed paper copy of the application (below).

Businesses in Sarasota County may also seek alternative disposal and recycling options. A list of vendors can be found in the Hazardous Waste Disposal Business Directory (below).

Project Green Sweep Pricing (updated Jan. 26, 2018).

FDEP Operation Cleansweep

Operation Cleansweep provides farmers, nursery operators, golf course operators, and pest control services a one-time safe and economical way to dispose of their cancelled, suspended, and unusable pesticides. Some of these materials are very old and in containers that are deteriorating.

Some, such as chlordane and DDT, are so toxic to humans and hazardous to the environment that they are no longer allowed to be used.

Proper disposal can be costly and a regulatory burden for small farmers and other pesticide users.

Operation Cleansweep offers an opportunity to avoid these formidable barriers and to promote safe and environmentally sound pesticide use, handling and disposal. NOTE: this opportunity is available on a first-come, first-served basis and funding is limited.

For additional information please visit the Florida Department of Environmental Protection Operation Cleansweep website.



For more information, call the Sarasota County Contact Center at 941-861-5000.

FDEP Operation Cleansweep

FDEP Operation Cleansweep

FDEP Operation Cleansweep

FDEP Operation Cleansweep

FDEP Operation Cleansweep

FDEP Operation Cleansweep

FDEP Operation Cleansweep

FDEP Operation Cleansweep