|Acceptable Items:||Unacceptable Items:|
|Fuels (gasoline/kerosene)||Alkaline batteries (may be disposed of with regular household trash as they are not hazardous)|
|Household cleaners||Biohazard waste
||Explosives and ammunition (Contact the Office of the State Fire Marshall Bomb Squad by calling 410-859-7152)|
|Mothballs||Fire extinguishers (Call Baker's Fire Protection Service at 301-810-5016)|
|Nickel-cadmium and NIMH batteries (rechargeable batteries)|
|Pesticides/insecticides/fungicides||Freon and fuel tanks and cylinders
|Photographic chemicals||Helium tanks
|Pool chemicals||Motor oil, oil filters, and antifreeze
|Smoke detectors||Radioactive materials|
|Stains and sealants, aerosol paints||Regular trash
|Thinners and solvents||Recyclable materials
|Household materials marked as "hazardous" or "toxic"||Tires
Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFL)
According to the U.S. government Energy Star program, a compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL) uses 75% less energy and lasts about 10 times longer than an incandescent bulb!
Part of what makes these bulbs work so efficiently is the small amounts of mercury they contain. This also means that they need to be handled carefully, and like medicines, chemicals and other potentially hazardous substances in your home, they need to be disposed of outside the regular waste system.
Note: Please don't toss CFL bulbs in your regular household trash.
CFL bulbs may be brought to the county's Household Hazardous Waste Drop Off events twice per year.
Some local businesses, including The Home Depot, Lowes, The Common Market, and MOMs Market, accept CFL bulbs for recycling year round (see their websites for more information).
More detailed information on compact fluorescent light bulbs, including disposal options and what to do if a bulb breaks in your home, can be found at the EPA website.