Schedule HHW Service
The HHW program is operated by the City of Allen in partnership with the City of Plano. Collected chemicals are processed at City of Plano facilities and acceptable items for reuse are returned to the City of Allen's Chemical Reuse Center. Items for reuse are then made available free of charge to residents.
- The max weight allowed is 50 pounds per collection.
- 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 no more than one gallon of flammable 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
- Items must display their original labels. Unlabeled containers will not be collected.
- Non-HHW or unacceptable items will not be collected.
- HHW bins must be ready for pickup by 7 a.m. on the scheduled collection day.
- HHW is prohibited from being placed in the trash or recycle cart: Code of Ordinances: Health and Environment, Section 6-55. Prohibited Acts (k) & Penalty for Violation.
Products Commonly Found in Your Garage
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:
*Please contact the Allen Police Department at 214.509.4263 about
**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. All other alkaline batteries such as AAA, AA, C, D, 9-volt, or 12-volt can be thrown away with regular trash collection.
Needles, Sharps and Syringes
To protect workers and others from injury or contamination, you should place lancets, needles, sharp objects and syringes in hard plastic or metal container with a secured lid.
- Do not add containers with sharps or other medical waste to your recycling container.
- Do not put sharp objects in any container you plan to recycle or return to a store.
- Do not use glass or clear soft plastic containers.
- Reuse an empty detergent or juice bottle or purchase containers specifically designed for disposing of medical waste sharps.
- Use hard plastic or metal containers with a secured lid.
The City of Allen offers at least two opportunities for safe and anonymous medication disposal each year: the Great American Cleanup (April) and Allen Recycles Day (November). See the City of Allen calendar for details.
Walgreens also offers a medication disposal program at select stores. Check this map to find a kiosk near you.
The average wall thermostat contains four grams of mercury, or the equivalent of 800 compact fluorescent lights. Mercury is a heavy metal that can be a threat to human health and the environment.
Citizens can deliver intact old thermostats to the front desk of Allen City Hall for recycling free of charge. The used devices are sent to Thermostat Recycling Corp., an industry-funded nonprofit organization based in Alexandria, Va.