Medical & Hazardous Waste

Medical Waste
Needles and syringes should not be placed in the garbage or recycling carts. Customers should place all needles and syringes in a Sharps puncture-proof container, which is available at most pharmacies. Containers other than Sharps will not be collected. When the container is full, call Customer Service at 883-3111 for a free pick-up and the City will safely dispose of these items, while protecting our employees.
Hazardous Waste
Certain household wastes are not accepted in your roll-out cart, because they can be hazardous to our environment and our collection workers.
Such items include:
  • Antifreeze
  • Brake fluid
  • Car batteries
  • Drain cleaners
  • Gasoline
  • Insect spray
  • Lighter fluid
  • Motor oil
  • Oven cleaners
  • Paint (all kinds)
  • Paint stripper
  • Paint thinner
  • Pesticides
  • Pool chemicals
  • Rat poison
  • Solvents
  • Transmission fluid
  • Weed killer

Collection Center

These items may be taken to a household hazardous waste collection center.

Guilford County residents may use the collection center located at:
2750 Patterson Avenue
Greensboro, NC 27407
Phone: 336-373-2196

Hours of Operation
Wednesday - Friday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.