Household Chemical Disposal
Current Frisco water bill and a matching driver's license for proof of residence are required at the time of drop-off. Please separate all items you bring for disposal including small items. For the safety of yourself and our workers, separating items helps to prevent items from breaking or spilling.
Frisco residents are able to drop off most items free of charge with a current water bill and matching license. Any item containing Freon (refrigerators, water coolers, A/C units, etc.), incurs a $40 charge added to the resident's next utility bill. No form of payment is accepted on site. Fees are subject to change without notice.
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Ten gallon limit per product, per visit. Total quantity of household hazardous waste is to be limited to 35 gallons per person, per visit. For electronics, CPU's are limited to 3 per drop-off. If you are concerned your items will exceed this limit, please call 972-292-5913. Larger quantities are considered business or commercial waste and are not acceptable. It is illegal to dispose of any items when the facility is closed and if there is not an attendant present.
Bottle / Container Identification
Special handling, storage and safe disposal are required if one or more of the following words are listed on the bottle / container:
Caution, Combustible, Corrosive, Danger, Explosive, Flammable, Harmful If Swallowed, Irritant, Poison, Reactive, Toxic, Volatile, Warning
Managing Household ChemicalsBuy only what you need and use as directed. Read the warning labels and take precautions including wearing appropriate garnets and safety equipment if advised. Store in a cool, dry and well ventilated place out of reach of children and pets. Do not store products in attics or near a heat source. Do not mix, combine or consolidate them. When transporting, handle with care, tightly secure containers, place items in a box to prevent spillage. Clean any spillage and wash hands after handling. Do not eat, drink, or smoke while handling or transporting chemicals.
We now accept prescription and over the counter medications at all Chunk Your Junk events. However, we can no longer accept them during regular Household Chemical Collection hours. We recommend that if you can not make it to the Chunk Your Junk event that you render other medications useless before disposal. These methods include crushing or adding medications to old coffee grinds, kitty litter, etc.
Once it is rendered useless, place in sealed bag or container (remember to remove all personal information from prescription bottles) and place in trash cart.
Residents with current water bill and matching ID can drop off metal to be recycled at the Environmental Collection Center for no fee during Household Chemical Disposal Hours (Wednesdays 2 - 6 p.m. and Saturdays 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.). If you have difficulty transporting your metal items you wish to have recycled to the Household Chemical Disposal center, Environmental Services crew can pick-up your metal items and appliances curbside for recycling. White Appliance and metal curbside pick-up is a $15.00 fee added to the resident's next utility bill. Fill out the form online or call 972-292-5900 to schedule your pick-up. Pick-up for metal recycling occurs on Thursdays and must be scheduled before noon on the day before pick-up. Please note: we don't accept lawn mowers, weed eaters, grills, or anything else with fuel or oil inside at the time of disposal. We appreciate your cooperation in ensuring the safety of our crew.
View information about Computer Equipment Recycling (PDF).
When you bring your computer to the Environmental Collection Center for safe and responsible disposal, please read the following information regarding your memory and storage devices:
An efficient method to erase your stored data is to reformat your hard drive utilizing your standard operating system’s step by step erasing process.
Step 1 - Boot up with your Operation System Boot Disc (examples: DOS, Win3.x or Win 9.x, Win Me, etc);
Step 2 - At the A prompt (A:/>) type: “Format C:/U” and press enter. The space after the word “Format” is important;
Step 3 - When asked if you want to erase your hard drive, select “YES.” This unconditional format command will destroy all existing data and prevent anyone from un-formatting the hard drive;
Step 4 - If you have multiple partitions on your hard drive, or more than one hard drive, you will need to repeat the command substituting the drive letters for each partition or drive.
Or, you may try the following for additional security:
There is no better way to completely annihilate your data than to render the device that stores it unusable. We still suggest a software shredder for the highest level in safety, but if your personal data security justifies the extra effort:
-Put on protective eyewear, and gloves, and power tools;
-Drill four holes through the platters will ensure that they never spin properly again;
-Better yet, unscrew and remove the top lid of the drive, and go at the platters with a sander or angle grinder. Scuff the surface of the platters until all the shine is gone.
There are several software packages that you may purchase, at all levels of pricing, which will provide a guarantee of data removal. You may visit many of the big box computer/ electronic stores all over Frisco for additional information.