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Accepted Items

How do you know if a household product is hazardous? Look for these words:


hazardous materialsIf a product's label has any of these signal words on the label, then the product has ingredients that contain one or more of the following hazardous characteristics: corrosive, reactive, toxic, flammable, or explosive. If not safely stored, used, or disposed, those items can present hazards to you and your environment.


Common Materials Accepted at the Hazardous Materials Collection Facility:

  • Adhesives
  • Arts and Crafts Materials
  • Car Batteries 
  • Brake Fluid
  • Cleaning Products 
  • Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs and Tubes 
  • Disinfectants 
  • Gasoline
  • Herbicides 
  • Insecticides
  • Kerosene 
  • Motor Oil- NO TRANSFORMER OIL (Contains PCBs)
  • Paint
  • Photo Chemicals
  • Pool Chemicals 
  • Rechargeable batteries
  • Solvents
  • Wood Preservatives
  • 1-3 lb. Propane Cylinders

Materials NOT Accepted at the Hazardous Material Collection Facility:

  • Common Recyclables such as Paper, Glass, Aluminum Cans, Magazines, etc.
  • Building Materials
  • Fireworks
  • Furniture
  • Appliances such as Microwave Ovens or Refrigerators
  • Humidifiers
  • Medications
  • Medical Waste
  • Railroad Ties
  • Smoke detectors
  • Styrofoam
  • Wood

For help with the items not accepted at our facility, start with the information here.

If you have any questions about what materials are accepted, please call our office at 913-715-6907. We will be happy to answer your questions.

Free Store

Why buy new when you can get usable products for free?

free household productsStop by the FREE Store at the Johnson County Household Hazardous Waste Facility. Residents, businesses, community groups, local government, and schools are all welcome.

It's FREE to the public, even to those living outside of Johnson County

There are a variety of usable products available:

  • Lawn and Garden Care
  • Wood Working
  • Home Improvement
  • Household Cleaners
  • Automotive
  • Arts and Crafts
  • And much more

No appointment is necessary to shop in the FREE Store. We are open Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 8-3pm

5901 Jim Bills Road
Mission, KS 66203
Just off Foxridge Dr. and Lamar

Free Store and Paint programRe-blended Paint  Program

Usable latex paint that is dropped off at the Household Hazardous Waste facililty is processed on site and made available to residents, community groups, and others looking for latex paint.

Johnson County Re-blended Latex Paint comes in shades of white, beige, grey, and brown; available in 5 gallon buckets.

Note: Starting January 1, 2015 we will begin charging a nominal fee for the purchase of 5 gallon buckets of our re-blended latex paint. Prices are still well below retail. All sales are final. CHECK & CARD ONLY. NO CASH.Quantity, and color of paint are not guarranteed please call 913-238-6882 for more information


!!! Important !!! There will continue to be NO CHARGE to drop off latex paint or any other household hazardous waste product for recycling. All items available in the FREE Store will continue to be FREE.

Johnson County Re-blended Paint

High quality latex paint from Johnson County homes and collected at our Household Hazardous Waste facility is re-blended on site and available for purchase in 5 gallon buckets. Paint is inspected for quality before being seperated into various colors. Sale of the paint helps fund the Johnson County Household Hazardous Waste Program.

Color Options (available in 5 gallon buckets) CREDIT & CHECK ONLY, NO CASH

White Paint - $25 (tints vary)

Beige Paint - $15 (tints vary)

Gray Paint - $20 (tints vary)

Brown Paint - $10 (tints vary)

You must have an appointment to DROP OFF paint.
Schedule an appointment
No appointment is necessary for picking up paint.

Store Hours
Paint may only be purchased during our regular hours:
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 8am-12 and 1-3pm
Note: You may also pick up paint during our Saturday Collection Events which occur on the 2nd Saturday of the month starting in March through October 8-11:30am.

5901 Jim Bills Road, Mission, KS 66203
Note: Our facility is located within the Myron K. Nelson Wastewater Treatment Plant just off Foxridge Drive and Lamar. Upon arrival press the white call button at the gate to enter. Follow the signs for the Household Hazardous Waste facility.
Johnson County re-blended paint has been used to paint countless homes throughtout Johnson and Wyandotte County; we've even helped paint a village in Ghana! 


Volunteers have fun while helping make a difference in our community. We receive hundreds of cans of paint every week and our volunteers open paint cans, mix colors and re-blend paint. They also help with preparing the steel cans for recycling. Volunteers make a direct impact by reducing waste and protecting our environment.

No experience is necessary. Volunteers do NOT HANDLE ANY hazardous materials. We provide safety glasses and gloves. Volunteers should wear clothing appropriate for working with latex paint and must wear close-toed shoes (no sandals). 

We can accommodate individuals and groups up to 6 people. Volunteers must be 18 and older. For more information please contact Julie Davis: julie.davis@jocogov.org or 913-715-6938.

Safe Use and Alternatives

Safe Storage of Household Chemicals

The upkeep of a home usually involves different and multiple products containing hazardous chemicals. For the safety of people and the environment, safe use and storage is mandatory.

  • Keep products out of reach of children and petsboy and dog
  • Store hazardous products away from food items
  • Make sure lids are on tight and child-proofed, if possible.
  • Store corrosive, flammable, and poisonous products on separate shelves.
  • Do not mix products together in the same container.
  • Do not store products where they might freeze and possibly cause rupturing of the container.
  • Keep products in a dry area to prevent rust and possible leaking of the contents.
  • If label is falling off, tape it back on.
  • If label is missing, re-label container.
  • Keep products away from heat, sparks, flames, or sources of ignition such as hot water heaters and car engines.
  • Never put a hazardous product in a food or beverage container.

Always Read the Label

It is very important that you read the labels on products containing chemicals. Please put these points into practice:

  • Make sure you use the appropriate safety protection methods recommended on the product's label (e.g., wearing gloves, using respiratory protection)
  • Make sure you have read and understood the hazards of using the product. Look for signal words, such as Danger or Poison on the most hazardous products, Warning or Caution on less hazardous products.
  • Make sure you use the product only per label instructions.
  • Make sure the product is for consumer use. Do not use industrial-grade products in your home.
  • Make sure you can use the product in a safe location per label instructions (e.g., adequate ventilation, no open flames)
  • Make sure the label is always readable -- it contains very important first aid procedures.
  • Make sure the product is only used for its labeled purpose. For example, a pesticide labeled to kill fleas and ticks in the yard is not formulated to spray on a pet for pest control.
  • Make sure you dispose of the product per label instructions. In Johnson County, unwanted hazardous products can be taken to the Household Hazardous Materials Collections Facility.

Safer Alternatives to Household Hazardous Chemicals

Although the suggested mixtures have less hazardous ingredients than many commercial cleaners and pesticides, they should be used and stored with similar caution.

  • Bathroom Cleaner: Mix baking soda and water for an all purpose bathroom and kitchen cleaner. It will clean but not disinfect.Girl with globe
  • Deodorizer/Air Freshener: Simmer cinnamon and cloves. Put vinegar out in saucers.
  • Drain Cleaner: Use a plunger or a plumber's snake. Put equal parts baking soda and vinegar down the drain followed by boiling water.
  • Flea and Tick Control: Use a flea comb. Bathe pet regularly. Put brewer's yeast or garlic in pet food. Sprinkle fennel, rue, rosemary, or eucalyptus seeds or leaves around pet bedding.
  • Furniture Polish: Mix 2 parts vegetable oil and 1 part lemon juice.
  • Glass and Window Cleaner: Vinegar and water.
  • Lime and Mineral Deposit Remover: Soak faucets and shower heads in vinegar.
  • Metal Cleaner/Polish: Creme of tartar removes stains from aluminum cookware. Worcestershire sauce will clean and polish unlacquered brass. Toothpaste will clean tarnish off gold and silver (not silver plate). Vinegar and salt will clean copper.
  • Moth Balls: Cedar chips, lavendar flowers, rosemary, mint or white peppercorns.
  • Oven Cleaner: Clean spills as soon as the oven cools using steel wool and baking soda.
  • Pests: Boric acid will kill ants and roaches when spread liberally around points of entry. Should not be applied where children or pets are likely to come in contact with it.
  • Rat/Mouse Poison: Snap or live traps.
  • Rug Deodorizer: Sprinkle baking soda liberally on carpet, let sit and then vacuum.
  • Spot Cleaners: Club soda applied immediately. Wash as usual.


Schedule a Dropoff

Schedule an appointment to drop off unwanted household chemicals for free. We recycle paint and properly dispose of lawn chemicals, cleaning supplies, automotive products and much more. Johnson County Household Hazardous Waste facility is open year round by appoinment only and is free to Johnson County residents.

Map to Johnson County Household Hazardous Waste Facility

By Appointment Only: 
Schedule or modify an appointment

Note: There is no charge to use this drop off service. Johnson County residents only.

If you have questions about our HHW program call 913-715-6907.

5901 Jim Bills Road, Mission, KS 66203

Just off Foxridge Dr. and Lamar

Located within the Nelson Wastewater Treatment Plant 
Press the white call button to enter through the gate.

NOTE: The City of Olathe Household Hazardous Waste Facillity currently accepts items from all Johnson County residents. This may be a more convenient option if you live in southern Johnson County.

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 8:00am - 3:00pm

Mobile pickup is available to homebound residents. Call 913-715-6907 for more information. 

FREE Store:
Shop for free at our FREE Store where you can find all sorts of good quality usable products for your next project or household need. And did we mention they are FREE. Items include but not limited to: oil, household cleaners, stains, and car care products.

Re-Blended Paint for Sale: We sell quality re-blended latex paint in 5 gallon buckets. For more information.

IMPORTANT!! There will continue to be NO CHARGE to drop off latex paint for recycling or for all other items from our FREE Store. These changes only apply to the recycled paint we redistribute.

Electronic Waste
For more information check out our electronics page.

Accepted Items:
Latex paint
Oil based paint and stains
Automotive products
Used motor oil (No Transformer Oil)
Gasoline and other solvents
Aerosol cans
Paint thinner and solvents
Cleaning products
Lead acid/Car batteries
Rechargeable batteries
Tires (4 per customer)
Fluorescent bulbs and tubes
Cooking oil
Pesticides, herbicides, and lawn care items
Propane (25 lb. max)
Arts and crafts items

Business and Non-Household Waste
We also accept waste from businesses, churches, and schools. Interested parties must apply and disposal fees will be assesed based on the type of chemical and current disposal methods. For more information.

What Happens to Waste

A lot of stuff is brought to the Philip J. Wittek Hazardous Materials Collection Facility. Some of it is offered free to the public through our product redistribution program. Other Items are disposed of through various environmentally responsible means.

Antifreeze is reprocessed by a local company. You can also dispose of antifreeze through your household sanitary sewer system, unless you are on a septic tank system. You should NEVER dispose of antifreeze in the storm sewer. It is ethylene glycol and is very toxic unless treated at a wastewater treatment plant.

BatteriesCar battery
Lead Acid (vehicle) batteries and rechargeable batteries are recycled. Alkaline batteries commonly used in products such as flashlights, toys, and pagers can be disposed of in the trash.

Latex Paint
Latex paint is not hazardous but is the most common product received at our Site. Good paint is used in our latex paint recycling program. Latex paint can be solidified with clay type kitty litter and thrown in the trash. Re-blended latex paint is available to the community groups, organizations, and the public.

Oil-based Paint, Solvents, Stains, Thinners
Bulked flammable liquids are reused as a fuel in cement kilns.

Non-hazardous Materials
GlueExamples of nonhazardous materials are alkaline batteries, caulk tubes, cement, solidified adhesives, glues, crack sealers and latex paint, rock salt, solid bacterial and enzyme drain cleaners, and some cleaning products such as laundry and dishwashing detergent. Some of these products are available for use through our product redistribution program. Many of these materials are disposed of in the municipal waste stream.

Poisons, Corrosives, Acids, Aerosols
These are disposed of by incineration or neutralized. Material is picked up by a hazardous waste contractor. Our current contractor is Philips Services Corporation which has a local office in Kansas City.

Propane Tanks
These are available to the public through our product redistribution program.Old tires

Tires are recycled through a local tire collection service for reuse or energy recovery.

Motor oilUsed Oil
Used oil is reprocessed by a local oil recycling company. You can also take your used oil to various local Jiffy Lubes, Valvoline Instant Oil Change stores, and NAPA Auto Parts stores.


Find out how you can get usable products for FREE!


Small Quantity Hazardous Waste Generator Application

Businesses and organizations such as churches, schools, goverment agencies, and non-profit groups, can utilize our Small Quantity Generator disposal program. This is voluntary and fee-based program is available to Johnson County businesses and organizations who meet the qualifications established by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. For additional assistance contact one of our Hazardous Waste Technicians by email or by calling (913) 715-6981. 

We can only accept generators who generate 220 lbs or less of hazardous materials in a calendar month. If you generate more then that you can contact the Kansas Small Business Environmental Assistance Program by email or by calling 1-800-578-8898 for confidential, non-regulatory disposal assistance.

List the name and quantity of the waste you are wanting to dispose of.

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