County to Collect Hazardous and Unwanted Items

by Katie Pyzyk October 10, 2012 at 3:45 pm 4,210 12 Comments

This weekend may be the perfect time to rid your house of unwanted items. Arlington County will hold its biannual Environmental Collection and Recycling Event (E-CARE) on Saturday to allow for the safe disposal of hazardous household items.

Residents can drop of materials at the Thomas Jefferson Middle School (125 S. Old Glebe Road) on Saturday, October 13, from 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Commercial and business waste will not be accepted.

An ID is required as proof of Arlington residency in order to drop off materials. There is no smoking allowed at the drop off site. A list of hazardous items that will be collected is listed below:

Acceptable Chemical Materials:

  • Paint Products (25 can limit)
  • Lawn & Garden Chemicals
  • Fuels/Petroleum Products
  • Flammable Solvents
  • Corrosives (acids/caustics)
  • Poisons (pesticides)
  • Automotive Fluids and Batteries
  • Car Care Products
  • Photographic Chemicals
  • Household Cleaners
  • Mercury
  • Propane Tanks
  • Fluorescent Lamps and Tubes
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Household Hazardous Materials

Unacceptable Chemical Materials:

  • Asbestos
  • Explosives and Ammunition
  • Freon
  • Compressed Gas Cylinders
  • Radioactive Materials
  • Prescription Drugs
  • Medical Waste


  • Covanta Energy will be providing a $5 gift card to all residents who drop off household devices containing mercury (thermostats, thermometers, sphygmomanometers, manometers, barometers, hygrometers and liquid mercury). Arlington County will be collecting CFLs at E-CARE, but they are excluded from Covanta’s $5 rebate offer.

For a full list of other items that will be accepted — including bicycles, electronics, clothing, eyeglasses and hearing aids — log on to the E-CARE website.

A representative with Boy Scout Troop 505 tells ARLnow.com that boy scouts will be at the E-CARE event from 8:30 a.m. until noon to collect unusable American flags for retirement and proper disposal at a ceremony later this month.

  • novasteve

    Do my CFLs count as mercury containing devices since they contain mercury? How the hell else do we get rid of these damn things that the do gooders forced upon us?

    • drax

      Buy LED bulbs and stop annoying us, steve.

      • novasteve

        No. Incandescents worked fine.

  • WeiWeiQiang

    This was super easy and well-organized last Spring. Saves the hassle of schlepping different kinds of disposables to different acceptance sites around the County.

    As a bonus for Clarendon Skank and Drunk Irish Chick, there are ACFD firemen working the collection event.

    • Neighbor

      Or, you can go every Saturday to their collection site at the water treatment plant. Though the firemen aren’t at that one.

  • WeiWeiQiang

    I thought the plant only accepted the hazardous materials listed. I was referring to all the disposables described in the post beyond the hazardous stuff … like the bikes, clothing, glasses, puter screens, etc. The treatment plant does not accept the latter items … or maybe they do and that’s what backed up the sh!tter and flooded Harris Teeter.

    • YTK


  • barryballston

    “There is no smoking allowed at the drop off site.”

    When will the liberals in this county stop infringing on our god-given right to smoke around hazardous materials?

    • drax

      This is where steve finds some goofy “scientist” who says that it’s perfectly safe to smoke around flammable liquids.

  • Throw the Bums Out

    Does this include the Arlington County Board?

  • Guy LeDouche

    Total waste of time. Just dispose of those items in the trash can, sewers and neighborhood playgrounds…particularly the excess radioactive materials you have sitting around the house.

  • Stacy

    According to the site – A $20 fee for televisions and $15 for computer monitors applies, but LED or LCD monitors and TVs are free.


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