Emergency/Disaster Household Hazardous Waste Guidance

Following an emergency or disaster, only land clearing debris and demolition debris may be temporarily stored and/or processed at a disaster debris staging site.  

Household hazardous waste (HHW) from residences impacted by an emergency or disaster must be separated from other debris and transported to a HHW collection facility/location.  

If a county has a permanent HHW collection facility, the household hazardous waste must be brought to the county permanent HHW collection facility unless collected and transported by a licensed hazardous waste hauler.

Commonly, permanent HHW collection facilities are permitted to only accept HHW generated within its county limits.  However, permanent HHW collection facility permits stipulate the specific service area that the facility can accept wastes. 

See link for county permanent HHW collection facility contact information: Permanent Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facilities.  

A county that does not operate a permanent HHW collection facility may hold a temporary HHW collection event following an emergency or disaster.  The collected HHW must be transported from the collection event site by a licensed hazardous waste hauler. 

A county that does operate a permanent HHW collection facility may also hold a temporary HHW collection event following an emergency or disaster.  The collected HHW must be transported from the collection event site by a licensed hazardous waste hauler.

A temporary HHW collection event application must be submitted to the Solid Waste Section prior to the collection event.

See link for the Household Hazardous Waste webpage and for the temporary HHW collection event information and application: Household Hazardous Waste webpage.

 

Contact John Patrone at 336-776-9673 or email: john.patrone@ncdenr.gov for assistance.