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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 defined pick-up date and handling instructions. Typically the bin will be dropped off at your home on a Monday and is picked up the following day (Tuesday).

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 jugs with screw-top lids may be used for flammables under 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 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 established 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
  • Latex & oil-based paint
  • Lighter fluid
  • Motor oil
  • Oil filters
  • 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
  • Common Household Batteries (AAA/AA/C/D)^
  • Expired medication
  • Explosives or fireworks*
  • Fire extinguishers**
  • Medical waste
  • Mercury
  • Nuclear / radioactive materials (smoke detectors)
  • Photographic processing chemicals
  • Small propane or helium tanks**
  • Unlabeled/commerical 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 any propane exchange cage. Small, 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, or Nickel Metal Hydride are accepted at Target, Radio Shack, Best Buy or Home Depot. Ask at the Help Desk. All other batteries such as AAA, AA, C, D or button cell batteries for watches/hearing aids can be thrown away with regular trash collection.

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