Hazardous Waste Collection

Spotsylvania County holds Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events two times each year and are available to residents only.  (No Business/Commercial hazardous waste accepted.)  Verification of Spotsylvania County residency is required.

The next Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event will be scheduled for the Fall 2019.  The exact date is to be determined and will be posted soon.  Generally, the event is held on a Saturday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the Chancellor Convenience Center.  

Chancellor Convenience Center
5917 Harrison Road
Fredericksburg, VA  22407

For a complete list of accepted items, click here:  Accepted Items     

Frequently asked household hazardous waste questions:

How can I dispose of Latex Paint?

Latex paint can be recycled all year long at any one of our 13 convenience sites.  No need to hold onto it until the next household hazardous waste collection event, bring it to any one of our convenience sites for disposal.

How can I dispose of spray paint and oil-based paint?

Spray paints and oil based paints should be held until the household hazardous waste collection event. If the containers are empty, they may be disposed of in the regular trash.            

How can I dispose of household batteries? Is there a difference between single use and rechargeable?

Everyday common non-rechargeable batteries (i.e. AA, AAA, C, D) can be disposed of in the regular trash. This is because most manufacturers have reformulated the batteries to not include heavy metals like mercury. The removal of these metals from the batteries means that they no longer contain any items classified as hazardous by the Environmental Protection Agency. It is important to remember to not dispose of large quantities of batteries together, as even dead batteries may still hold partial charges. If the batteries make contact they may produce a safety risk. 

But what about rechargeable batteries?  Due to their chemical makeup, rechargeable batteries cannot be disposed of in the regular trash. For the nearest recyclers of rechargeable and cell phone batteries, visit the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation and use their quick and easy search tool.

What can I dispose of year round?

Some items that CAN be poured down the drain inside your home, if you are on the County Water & Sewer systems (DO NOT pour down storm drains or in septic systems): 

  • ammonia based cleaners (Windex, Glass Plus, etc) 
  • drain cleaners (Drano, Liquid Plumber, etc) 
  • most bathroom cleaners (Pine-Sol, etc) 

Some items that can be disposed of, along with the regular trash:                 

  • Empty containers of any kind if they have been triple rinsed.
  • Batteries: alkaline & carbon zinc

How can I reduce the amount of hazardous materials in my home?

1) Use alternatives to hazardous products (i.e. natural cleaners - baking soda, vinegar, ammonia, etc.) 
2) Read the label. Investigate the product's dangers before you make the purchase. 
3) Buy only what you need to get the job done. 
4) Share or donate unused portions with family, friends, charity, etc. 
5) Waste oil, kerosene, antifreeze and propane tanks can be brought to County facilities year round.
See Solid Waste Centers for the options nearest you.  

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Contact Information

M-F 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Billing & Customer Service:
Phone:  (540) 507-7300, option 1
Fax:  (540) 582-7671
Email:  CustomerService@spotsylvania.va.us

600 Hudgins Road
Fredericksburg, VA 22408

Main Office:  (540) 507-7300
Fax: (540) 898-3674
E-Mail: Utilities@spotsylvania.va.us

Emergencies After Business Hours, Weekends & Holidays: 
(540) 507-7344 
or (540) 507-7350 

Department Head: 
Benjamin L. Loveday, P.E.
Director Utilities/Public Works

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