The City of Independence, MO is a member of the Regional Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program, a service coordinated by the MARC Solid Waste Management District.
Residents have year-round access to the safe disposal of unwanted products such as paint, lawn and garden chemicals, automotive fluids, batteries, florescent bulbs and house cleaners.
Business waste is not accepted.
Residents can access the permanent facilities in Lee’s Summit and Kansas City and also can attend any of the mobile events scheduled April through October.
For more information please visit recyclespot.org and click on the “HHW” tab, or call (816) 701-8226.
A typical home contains a vast array of hazardous products used for cleaning, painting, beautifying and disinfecting, such as garden and yard pesticides/herbicides, paint, automotive fluids, etc. Unwanted household products labeled as flammable, toxic, corrosive, or reactive are household hazardous wastes (HHW). Chemical-based household products from a single home may seem insignificant; but when thousands of homes use similar products, the combined effect becomes a major problem if they are handled, stored or disposed of improperly. The health and safety of people and animals, as well as the environment, is endangered when these types of products are discarded in the trash, poured down sinks or into storm drains.
Some examples of products which will be accepted are: any batteries, paint and paint products (aerosol cans, varnish, stripper, thinner, turpentine, etc.); fluorescent light bulbs; garden and yard products (herbicides, pesticides, sprays, rat poison, and weed killers); all automotive fluids (antifreeze, used motor oil, brake fluid, transmission fluid, and gasoline); household cleaners (lye, drain, toilet and tub cleaners, oven cleaners; kerosene; mercury thermometers; unused and/or outdated medicines, etc. If you are uncertain whether your particular waste will be accepted, call Water Pollution Control at 816-325-7727.
NO electronics, appliances, trash, yard waste, medical waste, tires, asbestos, radioactive waste, pressurized gas cylinders or commercial waste will be accepted.
Independence residents are welcome to take their HHW to any mobile event for free or to take it to the HHW Facility.
While transporting the products to the site, tightly secure all container lids. Bring the items in original containers, if possible. Don’t mix different or unknown substances. If containers are leaking, wrap in plastic and pack in a larger container/box with absorbent material, such as cat litter. To pack items, use sturdy tubs or boxes and surround them with newspaper. Keep chemicals away from children and pets while transporting. Volunteers will help unload vehicles. No walk ups will be allowed.
At any other time of the year, residents are welcome to take their household hazardous waste to the Kansas City, Missouri facility for free disposal. Normal days of for disposal are Thursdays, Fridays between 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. No appointments required. If you have questions or concerns about materials that you would like to recycle you may contact the Kansas City Facility at 816-513-8401.