The Authority also enhances the sustainability of its integrated solid waste management system by operating the first permanent household hazardous waste collection facility in the State of Georgia, opening in June 1999. Prior to this, the Authority conducted an annual collection for Household Hazardous Waste; however, the Citizens Advisory Task Force (CATF) identified a need for a permanent facility and more frequent collection. With a $50,000 grant from GEFA, the Authority opened the first publicly owned and operated permanent Household Hazardous Waste Facility in the State of Georgia.
The HHW facility is open to residents of Whitfield County the third Saturday of every month and accepts leftover household products such as pesticides, old gasoline, batteries, paints and pool chemicals, to name a few. Employees, that are HAZWOPER certified, inventory collected materials that are then recycled or, if no market exists, disposed of utilizing a licensed hazardous waste incinerator.
The Authority controlled construction costs for the Household Hazardous Waste facility by utilizing its personnel to construct the building. With the facility only open one day a month, operating costs are fairly low with the exception of the associated disposal costs of the hazardous materials. The facility has been used as the model for many communities around the State, but still remains the only facility like it in the State.
Household Hazardous Waste collection days are scheduled for the third Saturday of every month from 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. This collection is a free service to the citizens of the City of Dalton and Whitfield County. For more information please call 706-277-2545.
Located at 4189 Old Dixie Hwy., at the entrance of the Old Dixie Hwy. Landfill and Convenience Center. Once on the property, drive down the middle lane, turn right at the sign that says ‘Bagged Waste’. The HHW facility is the one with the green trim.
What to Bring
Please see the following lists of materials that we can and cannot accept and the restrictions that apply:
- Latex Paint
- Aerosol Cans
- Cleaning Solvents
- Batteries – Lead-acid or Vehicle
- Rechargeable Batteries – any size
- Weed Killer
- Oven Cleaner
- Oil-Based Paint
- Paint Thinner
- Swimming Pool Chemicals
- Used Motor Oil
CAN NOT accept:
- CFLs (Compact Fluorescent Bulbs)
- Fluorescent Tubes (Long Bulbs)
- Business or Commercial Waste
- Compressed Gases
- Radioactive Material
- Dioxin Pre-Cursors
- Penta Chlorophenol
- 2, 4, 5 Chlorophenol
- A MAXIMUM of 220 lbs. is accepted per vehicle.
- The waste must be in the original container and have the original label on it.
- The container must not leak.
- The contents must match the container label.
- For residents of Whitfield County only.
If you have specific questions regarding the proper management of Household Hazardous Waste, please call 706-277-2545.
Learn More about HHW
- Household Hazardous Waste information from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): http://www.epa.gov/waste/conserve/materials/hhw.htm
- Used Oil Management Program from the EPA: http://www.epa.gov/waste/conserve/materials/usedoil/index.htm
- Antifreeze information from the EPA: http://www.epa.gov/waste/conserve/materials/antifree.htm
- Batteries information from the EPA: http://www.epa.gov/waste/conserve/materials/battery.htm
- Fluorescent Tubes Info. from Earth 911: http://earth911.com/recycling/fluorescent-tubes/
- CFLs Info. from Earth 911: http://earth911.com/recycling/cfl/
- Mercury-Containing Light Bulbs (Lamps) information from the EPA: http://www.epa.gov/waste/hazard/wastetypes/universal/lamps/index.htm
- Mercury-Containing Equipment information from the EPA: http://www.epa.gov/waste/hazard/wastetypes/universal/mce.htm