Improperly disposing of household hazardous waste (HHW) and electronic waste (E-Waste) can injure waste workers and contaminate the environment. Orange County Utilities offers safe and responsible disposal options, free of charge, at our community collection events and county drop-off locations.

Product labels can tip you off to a potential hazard. Look for any of these words: Pesticide, Warning, Caustic, Poison, Acid, Danger, or Flammable.

HHW includes items like these:

  • Paint products
  • Pesticides
  • Propane tanks
  • Cooking oil
  • Fluorescent lightbulbs
  • Car fluids
  • Rechargeable batteries: Cover all lithium battery terminals with tape and separate them from other batteries.
  • Household cleaning fluids
  • Pool chemicals


Do not put electronics in the blue lid recycling cart. Electronic equipment can be dropped off for recycling at HHW collection sites and events. An item is considered electronic waste if it contains a circuit board. Examples include:

  • Cell phones
  • Computers
  • Tablets
  • Televisions: Rear-projection television sets cannot be recycled. You may dispose of them at the curb as a large item pickup. Visit the Residential Curbside Collection Program page for more information.
  • VCRs
  • CD players
  • Stereos

Many local retailers offer electronics recycling. Visit Earth911 to search for a location by equipment type.

Don't Flush Medications

When disposing of unwanted or expired medications, do not flush them down the toilet or pour them down the drain. Instead, bring them to one of Orange County's prescription drug drop-off locations, which can be found on the EcoMap at You may also safely dispose of unwanted medications by following these federal guidelines:

  1. Take prescription drugs out of their original containers.
  2. Discourage consumption by mixing with an undesirable substance such as cat litter, dirt, or used coffee grounds.
  3. Put the mixture into a disposable container with a lid, such as an empty margarine tub, or a sealable bag.
  4. Remove or conceal any personal information, including Rx number, on the empty drug containers by scratching off or covering with black permanent marker or duct tape.
  5. Place the sealed container with the mixture and the empty drug containers in the trash.

Don't Release Freon Into The Atmosphere

When replacing an air conditioner, freezer, or refrigerator, have the delivery company remove your old appliance. These contain freon and will not be picked up curbside.

Orange County residents may bring freon-containing devices to the Orange County Landfill during operating hours for a minimum charge of $9.00.

Contact Us

Solid Waste Division
5901 Young Pine Road
Orlando, FL  32829

Solid Waste Hotline: (407) 836-6601

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