The City of Fort Lauderdale offers several opportunities throughout the year for you to bring virtually any form of household hazardous waste (HHW) and dispose of it for free. You will see these events advertised here on our website, on your utility bill and in our neighborhood newsletter Currents. You can also call our 24-hour Customer Service Hotline at 954-828-8000 to get information about drop events.
Household hazardous waste generally includes products with toxic ingredients or components which require special disposal to prevent pollution to waterways, groundwater, air and soil, as well as to prevent poisoning or otherwise endangering humans, pets or wildlife. Many of the products we use for cleaning, painting and gluing, and automotive, pool and lawn maintenance fall into this category, as do medications and electronic components.
Household hazardous waste does not include industrial waste or construction debris which must be disposed according to specialized regulations and are not accepted at drop-off events.
Remember, it is dangerous and illegal to place any oil wastes, dangerous substances or hazardous material for garbage collection. (Code of Ordinances Article I Sec. 24-25)
For more information, contact City of Fort Lauderdale Customer Service at 954-828-8000 or online through Lauderserv.
Where and when?
Cooperative agreements provide our residents with free access to dispose of hazardous waste and electronics at drop-off events in partnering cities. The drop-off events are critical to protecting the environment and to reducing the volume of waste we generate. Fort Lauderdale residents are invited to participate in ANY of the drop-off events in the following cities: Pompano Beach, Tamarac, Coconut Creek and Coral Springs. Through these agreements, we are able to offer drop-off events at least 10 times per year, with a minimum of two of those events taking place within the City of Fort Lauderdale.
For 2016, the following HHW Drop-Off Events are being offered.All events take place on a Saturday, except where noted. Please see our calendar for any special announcements regarding each event. Please click here or on the image above for a map, addresses and directions to each location.
|Fort Lauderdale||Coconut Creek||Coral Springs||Pompano Beach||Tamarac|
- January 23
- April 9
- July 23
- March 5
- September 10
- February 6
- October 1 (2016)
- June 4
- November 5
- May 7
- December 3
Effective October 1, 2013, Fort Lauderdale’s neighbors are no longer able to dispose of household hazardous waste (HHW), electronics, or yard waste at any of Broward County’s drop-off locations. This service change reflects a decision to streamline fiscal spending for the City’s neighbors. Residents should continue to dispose of yard waste through the City’s curbside Yard Waste or Bulk Trash Collection Programs.
What to Bring
Please use the following lists as a guide. For more specific information about disposal of particular products, please consult our A to Z Waste Disposal Directory.
|Hazardous Items Accepted||Electronics Accepted||Items Not Accepted|
•Paint, oil or latex
•Paint thinner and stripper
•Motor oil and filters, automotive fluids, gasoline
•Other automotive fluids including gasoline
•Oven and drain cleaners
•Furniture and metal polish
•Items containing mercury
•Batteries, rechargeable and automotive
•Biohazard/medical waste (unless specified in event calendar details)
•Waste generated from a business
•Office furniture •
Stereos or speakers
•DVD players or VCR's
•Electric hand tools
•Trash or debris
Please note that special arrangements are made for acceptance and proper disposal of medications. Therefore, these events are offered only one or two times per year. Please check our calendar for updates.
See Drop-Off Outside an Event? Report Environmental Crimes!
We strive to make waste disposal convenient, but there are those who disrespect our guidelines and our environment. We need your help. Dumping trash and/or household hazardous waste onto private or City property, or into a storm drain is considered an environmental crime and it’s illegal. If you witness illegal dumping or any environmental crime, please call (954) 828-5700. Be prepared to provide the suspect’s description, tag number, and a vehicle description, including any markings, damage, or business name imprinted on it. Phone calls will be confidential and, if desired, callers will remain anonymous.