Hazardous waste is defined as liquid, solid, contained gas, or sludge wastes that contain properties that are dangerous or potentially harmful to human health or the environment.
Learn how to properly manage and dispose of hazardous waste.
Motor oil is banned from landfill disposal and cannot be placed with your garbage. Because motor oil can contaminate our water supply if disposed of improperly, all Volusia County residents should recycle used motor oil at the oil recycling "igloos" at most county fire stations and other facilities. For a list of igloo locations, see recycling drop-off sites.
Lead acid batteries, such as those used in automobiles, have been banned from landfill disposal. By law, retail outlets which supply batteries must accept your old one for recycling. You also may bring the battery to the household hazardous waste facility at the Tomoka Landfill and the West Volusia Transfer Station for recycling. Some recycling "buy back" centers accept batteries for recycling. Please see "Recycling" in your telephone book listings or contact the county's Solid Waste Division at 386-257-6021 in Daytona Beach, 386-943-7889 in West Volusia, 386-423-3862 in New Smyrna Beach, or 407-574-0598 in Osteen.
Gasoline, paints, thinners, solvents, pool chemicals and similar materials cannot be placed in your garbage because they are harmful to the environment. Volusia County residents may dispose of household hazardous waste at the Household Hazardous Waste Facilities at the Tomoka Landfill and West Volusia Transfer Station.
The Tomoka Landfill and the West Volusia Transfer Station provide noncommercial paint exchange facilities for residents of Volusia County, recycling about 300 gallons of paint each month. These facilities provide paint to noncommercial and nonprofit organizations as available. Please contact the Solid Waste and Recycling Division for more details at 386-943-7889.
The Florida Department of Health in Volusia County provides a sharps program for users of insulin and other injectable medications.
Residents may drop off needles, lancets and diabetic testing strips in approved red sharps containers without charge at these Florida Department of Health offices:
Additional drop off sites for properly contained needles, lancets and diabetic testing strips are available at these Volusia County's household hazardous waste facilities:
Sharps containers can be purchased in the Environmental Health offices. The cost is $3 for a 1.5-quart container, or $5 for an 8-quart container.
Sheriff’s Office offers a continuous program where residents can drop off their unwanted, unused and expired prescription drugs at a district office or make arrangements to have a deputy pick up their unwanted prescription medicine by calling the Sheriff’s Office’s Communications Center. Obtain location and contact information here.
Businesses qualifying as small quantity hazardous waste generators should contact Volusia County Environmental Management at 386-254-4612 in Daytona Beach, 386-736-5927 in West Volusia, or 386-423-3303 in New Smyrna Beach for disposal information.
The Solid Waste and Recycling Division offers more convenient locations for the disposal of household hazardous waste during Hazardous Waste collection events, usually offered in November and April each year. Several "off-landfill" sites are provided throughout the county for residents who don't live close to the permanent collection center at the Tomoka Landfill and the West Volusia Transfer Station.
Don't forget! Residents also may drop off household hazardous waste at the Tomoka Landfill and the West Volusia Transfer Station.