Household Hazardous Waste

A group of people working at the 2015 Household Hazardous Waste Recycling Event.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event - A Success!

  • 4,260 pounds of material was collected for safe and legal disposition.
  • 76% of individuals were first-time participants in this collection event.
  • 112 cars arrived during this five hour, free of charge collection event.

What, Where & When

A special household hazardous waste collection will be held on Saturday, October 10, 2015 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Allegany County Fairgrounds (11490 Moss Avenue, Cumberland).

View the 2015 Household Hazardous Waste Event Flyer (PDF).


All Allegany County residents may participate. Proof of residency is required, in the form of a valid driver's license, current utility bill, etc. Businesses and commercial entities cannot participate in this event.


  • Aerosol cans
  • Antifreeze
  • Asbestos
  • Batteries
  • Caulking
  • Driveway repair asphalt
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Fluorescent tubes
  • Gasoline
  • Handheld road flares
  • Herbicides
  • Hormone-enhanced products
  • Household chemicals used in cleaning
  • Leftover adhesives
  • Mercury
  • Oil
  • PCB and non-PCB light ballasts
  • Pesticides
  • Pool chemicals
  • Propane
  • Residential smoke detectors
  • Solvents
  • Stains
  • Tar

Not Accepted

  • Ammunition
  • Explosives
  • Medical or infectious waste
  • Paint*
  • Poisonous gas compounds
  • Prescription medicines
  • Radioactive materials
*Paint, once dried, can be disposed in the landfill therefore WILL not be accepted at this event.

You Need to Know

  • This is free of charge!
  • Keep all materials in the original container.
  • Contact the Allegany County Recycling Coordinator by email or call 301-777-5933, ext. 210 before bringing unidentified materials to this event.
The 2015 Allegany County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day is made possible by The Allegany County Commissioners, Allegany County Solid Waste Management Board, City of Cumberland, City of Frostburg, Town of Lonaconing, Advanced Disposal, Waste Management and NEFCO.

Consider Alternatives

The more you use safe alternatives, the less we spend on disposal of household hazardous waste (HHW). The more HHW you dispose of, the less we save during these tough budgetary times. Choosing safer alternatives is the difference between money saved and money spent.

So, ask yourself, "Why unnecessarily buy something that is harmful and expensive to dispose of when you could choose an alternative that's safer and cheaper to manage?" You can help reduce the cost of this program by:
  • Avoid purchasing hazardous household materials
  • Giving away what you cannot use
  • Using safer alternatives
  • Using up what you buy