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Schedule HHW Service
Contact the City of Allen’s Community Services Department at 214.509.3100 or click here to schedule your service online. The City of Allen HHW staff will deliver a red bin, along with a scheduled pick-up date and handling instructions. Typically the bin will be dropped off at your home one day prior to pick up; however, you must call or e-mail to schedule an HHW collection.  This is a service separate from your regular garbage, recycling and yard trimmings collection. 

HHW binHHW Service Guidelines
  • A bin weighing more than 40 pounds or containing more than 10 gallons of HHW in containers will not be collected.
  • All flammable materials (i.e., gasoline, kerosene, oil) should be in the original container or containers approved to transport flammables. Plastic detergent or orange juice bottles with screw-top lids, clearly labeled with contents may be used for flammables less than or equal to one gallon.
  • HHW diluted with significant amounts of water will not be collected.
  • If containers are rusted or leaking, you must place them inside another container (bucket) or a tied off plastic bag before putting them in your red bin.
  • Items must be labeled with the original label. Unlabeled containers will NOT be collected.
  • Non-HHW or unacceptable items will not be collected.
  • Place the HHW bin in the same area where the polycart is usually placed and at least two (2) feet from your trash polycart.
  • Place your HHW items inside the red bin and place the lid on the bin.
  • Set the HHW bin out by 7:00 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.

Trash and Recycling Guidelines
Make sure to keep your Annual Trash and Recycling Guidelines that you receive - it's full of great year-round