Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) and Bulky Waste Days

Spring 2018 – Residential Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Days

Household Hazardous Waste Collection at the Ivy Materials Utilization Center will be held 9am-2pm on:

  • Friday, April 27, 2018
  • Saturday, April 28, 2018

HHW collections are free to residents of Albemarle County, Charlottesville, and Scottsville, and available to Nelson County residents who obtain a voucher from Nelson County government.

Accepted HHW Items

Did you know that just one quart of oil can contaminate 250,000 gallons of water?

Hazardous materials such as paints and stains, cleansers and polishes, motor oil and antifreeze, and pesticides and herbicides, to name only a few exist in our homes and garages and must be disposed of carefully. Typically, these products have the words “Danger,” “Warning,” or “Caution” on the label so use caution and dispose of them responsibly. After all, we have only one environment to protect from these potentially dangerous chemicals.

Dangerous reactions are possible when hazardous materials are combined, so never mix used motor oil, antifreeze, gasoline, paint, paint thinner, pesticides, solvents or other potentially hazardous liquids together. RSWA urges everyone to protect the environment and never pour these items onto the ground or down a storm drain. Bring them to RSWA for proper waste management. Hazardous material should also be segregated from your daily solid waste stream and stored safely pending proper disposal.

RSWA operates a limited household hazardous waste collection site at the Ivy Materials Utilization Center (MUC) location. Residents of the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County can bring the following items to the RSWA Ivy site, Tuesday through Friday between the hours of 7:30 am and 4:00 pm, and Saturday between 8:30 am and 4:00 pm.

  • Antifreeze
  • Motor Oil
  • Note: Please bring containers that you are able to handle and pour into our collection tote. Do not leave containers.

Each year the RSWA holds a larger scale household hazardous waste collection day. On this day, RSWA accepts additional hazardous substances and ensures that they are properly categorized and directed to a permitted offsite hazardous substance management location. The materials accepted on this day include:

We do not accept at any time:

  • Radioactive waste
  • Medical waste
  • Explosives
  • Ammunition

Note: Due to traffic and staffing during our Fall and Spring Household Hazardous Waste Days, patrons with paint only will be routed through the Household Hazardous Waste lanes.


Spring 2018 Commercial Hazardous Waste Collection

The next special commercial hazardous waste collection day at the Ivy Materials Utilization Center will be held on:

  • Thursday, April 26, 2018*

*Pre-registration with CARE Environmental Corp by April 17, 2018 is required to obtain an appointment according to EPA regulations. To register email: John Doffinger (John@careenv.com) OR Jim McKenna (Jim@careenv.com), or call 1-800-494-2273.

This special collection is only open to qualifying businesses and commercial establishments and not households. Qualifications are defined by federal law to include businesses that (1) generate no more than 100 kilograms (220 pounds) hazardous waste in a month, (2) generate no more than 1 kilogram (2.2 pounds) acutely hazardous waste in a month, and (3) store not more than 1,000 kilograms (2,200 pounds) hazardous waste.

There is a fee associated with disposal.


Spring 2018 Bulky Waste Amnesty Days

The next special collection will be held at the Ivy Material Utilization Center on the following Saturday dates from 8:30-4pm:

Amnesty Item Collection Date
Furniture/Mattresses  May 5, 2018
Appliances  May 12, 2018
Tires  May 19, 2018

Amnesty Days are free and available to residents of Albemarle County, Charlottesville and Scottsville only.

Appliances include: refrigerators, freezers, washers, dryers, stoves, furnaces, water heaters, air conditioners, dehumidifiers, heat pumps, microwaves.

No oversized tires will be accepted.

Normal tipping fees will be charged to residents for all non-amnesty items brought on these days. Also, please note the Ivy facility will accept all above items during normal operation. Contact RSWA (295-3306) regarding tipping fees for the above items.

If these times do not work for your schedule, we will host another round in the Fall of 2018.