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Schedule HHW Service
City staff collect Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) from Allen residents free of charge. You can schedule your service online or by calling Community Services at 214.509.3100. This service is separate from regular garbage, recycling and yard trimmings collection. City staff will deliver a red bin with your scheduled pickup date and handling instructions, typically one day prior to pickup.

HHW binHHW Service Guidelines
  • A bin weighing more than 40 pounds or containing more than 10 gallons of HHW will not be collected.
  • All flammable materials (such as gasoline, kerosene or oil) should be in original containers or containers approved to transport flammable materials. Flammable liquids may also be poured into plastic detergent or juice bottles with screw-top lids, provided they are clearly labeled and contain more than a gallon of liquid.
  • HHW diluted with significant amounts of water will not be collected.
  • Rusted or leaking containers must be placed inside another container (such as a bucket) or a tied inside a plastic bag before they are added to the red bin.
  • Items must display their original labels. Unlabeled containers will not be collected.
  • Non-HHW or unacceptable items will not be collected.
  • Before collection, seal the red bin with the provided lid and place it in the same area where your put your trash polycart, at least two feet from any trash bins.
  • HHW bins must be ready for pickup by 7 a.m. on the scheduled collection day.

HHW Items Suitable for Collection
The following household chemicals are accepted through the chemical collection program and should not be placed in your refuse or recycling containers:

Household Products
  • Ammonia-based cleaners
  • Cooking oil
  • Drain cleaner
  • Floor-care products
  • Furniture polish
  • Insect sprays
  • Metal polishes
  • Oven cleaner
  • Window cleaners
Pool Chemicals
  • Alkaline additive
  • Muriatic acid
  • Pool chlorine
  • Pool cleaners
  • Shock treatment
Garden Products
  • Fertilizer
  • Fungicides
  • Herbicides
  • Pesticides

Products Commonly Found in Your Garage
  • Antifreeze
  • Brake fluid
  • Car batteries & battery acid
  • Car wax
  • Gasoline or diesel fuel
  • Kerosene
  • Lighter fluid                
  • Motor oil
  • Oil filters
  • Paint - Latex & oil-based
  • Paint thinner or stopper               
  • Primer
  • Power steering fluid
  • Spray paint
  • Transmission fluid
  • Turpentine
  • Varnish
  • Wood preservatives

Items Not Suitable for Collection
There are a number of household chemicals not accepted through the City of Allen’s HHW Collection program. These items require special handling for disposal. Please contact the Community Services Department at 214.509.3100 for assistance with proper disposal of the following items:
  • Ammunition*
  • Arsenic
  • Asbestos
  • Biohazards
  • Chemical containers larger than 5 gallons
  • Chemicals not in original containers (with the exception of automotive fluids)
  • Common Household Batteries (AAA/AA/C/D/9-volt/12-volt)
  • Expired medication
  • Explosives or fireworks*
  • Fire extinguishers**               
  • Medical waste, including syringes
  • Mercury
  • Nuclear / radioactive materials (smoke detectors)
  • Photographic processing chemicals
  • Small propane or helium tanks**
  • Unlabeled/commercial quantities of HHW chemicals

*Please contact the Allen Police Department at 214.509.4286 about disposal of ammunition, explosives and fireworks.

**As of Oct. 1, 2008, the HHW program no longer accepts liquid fire extinguishers, helium tanks or propane tanks of any size. Large propane tanks can be disposed of at most propane exchange cages. Small, completely empty canisters may be disposed of in the regular trash. Contact the manufacturer for further disposal options.

^Rechargeable batteries such as Nickel-Cadmium, Lithium Ion, button cell or Nickel Metal Hydride are accepted at Batteries Plus, Target, Radio Shack, Best Buy or Home Depot, and in Allen's HHW program. Ask at the Help Desk. All other alkaline batteries such as AAA, AA, C, D, 9-volt, or 12-volt can be thrown away with regular trash collection.

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