San Antonio residents can dispose of household hazardous waste for free this Saturday

Solid Waste Management Department hosts quarterly event

SAN ANTONIO – The city of San Antonio Solid Waste Management Department (SWMD) is hosting a free household hazardous waste event on Saturday, May 21.

SWMD customers can bring items like paint, oil, chemicals, pesticides, batteries and electronics to dispose of during the event.

Here’s a full list of accepted materials:

  • Auto fluids
  • Batteries
  • Household cleaners and solvents
  • Pool chemicals
  • Oil filters
  • E-waste
  • Fluorescent light fixtures and ballasts
  • Pesticides
  • Paint
  • Printer cartridges
  • Cooking oil
  • Lacquer, shellac, furniture polish

Household garbage, ammunition, fireworks and medical waste will not be accepted.

The event will take place from 8 a.m. to noon at 2755 Rigsby Road, located near Highway 87 and Bonair Drive.

A valid picture ID and a copy of your most recent CPS Energy bill are required to participate.

SWMD lists the following requirements for drop off:

  • Contents should be kept in the original container.
  • If the container is leaking, transfer contents to a leak-proof or lined cardboard box.
  • Do not mix different materials in the same container or bag.
  • Place all items in a box and put it in the trunk or truck bed during transport.
  • A technician will unload the HHW materials and return the containers upon request.
  • If materials are brought in a non-approved container, it will not be returned.
  • Paint and other liquid waste are limited to five 5-gallon cans and 25 1-gallon cans with a 220-pound limit.

Household hazardous waste can also be taken to the drop-off center at 7030 Culebra Road from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.

There are also monthly drop-off events at 1800 Wurzbach Parkway. Dates for those events can be found on

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