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What Happens to Waste

A lot of stuff is brought to our facility. Some of it is offered free to the public through our product redistribution program. Other Items are disposed of through various environmentally responsible means.

Latex Paint

Latex paint is not hazardous but is the most common product received at our site. Good paint is used in our latex paint recycling program. Re-blended latex paint is available to the community groups, organizations, and the public. Latex paint can also be solidified with clay type kitty litter and thrown in the trash.


Car batteryLead Acid (vehicle) batteries and rechargeable batteries are recycled. Alkaline batteries commonly used in products such as flashlights, toys, and pagers can be disposed of in the trash.

Oil-based Paint, Solvents, Stains, Thinners

Bulked flammable liquids are reused as a fuel in cement kilns.

Non-hazardous Materials

GlueExamples of nonhazardous materials are caulk tubes, cement, solidified adhesives, glues, crack sealers and latex paint, rock salt, solid bacterial and enzyme drain cleaners, and some cleaning products such as laundry and dishwashing detergent. Some of these products are available for use through our product redistribution program. Many of these materials are disposed of in the municipal waste stream.

Poisons, Corrosives, Acids, Aerosols

These are disposed of by incineration or neutralized. Material is picked up by a hazardous waste contractor. 

Propane Tanks

These are available to the public through our product redistribution program.Old tires


Tires are recycled through a local tire collection service for reuse or energy recovery.

Used Oil

Motor oil Used oil is reprocessed by a local oil recycling company. You can also take your used oil to various local Jiffy Lubes, Valvoline Instant Oil Change stores, and NAPA Auto Parts stores.


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Schedule a Dropoff

By Appointment Only:
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Household Hazardous waste facility map

Note: There is no charge to use this drop off service. Johnson County residents only. Residents are required to stay in their cars while dropping off waste. Johnson County staff will unload your vehicle.

Staff will not be able to pour off containers during drop-off appointment days. Residents who bring in chemicals that are in containers they want back (ex. gasoline cans) can come back to pick them up at a later date or if available staff will provide a replacement container.

Materials Accepted at the Johnson County HHW Facility

If you have questions about our HHW program call 913-715-6907.


5901 Jim Bills Rd., Mission, KS 66203
Just off Foxridge Drive and Lamar
Located within the Nelson Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Follow the posted directions at the gate, once the gate opens follow the yellow line and yellow directional signs that will lead you to the facility.
NOTE: Gates will not be opened until 8am. Please do not pull up to the gate prior to 8am.

Other HHW Disposal Options

The City of Olathe operates a collection facility that currently accepts items from all Johnson County residents. This may be a more convenient option if you live in southern Johnson County. Go to City of Olathe Household Hazardous Collection Facility to learn more. Several other surrounding counties offer Household Hazardous Waste collection. RecycleSpot has information on other area programs.

Hours- For drop-off, FREE Store, and purchasing paint

BY APPOINTMENT ONLY -- schedule here

Open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday from 8am-3pm (closed for lunch between 12-1pm. This is for all drop off appointments, FREE Store, and purchasing paint.

Important things to note:

  • Open the second Saturday of each month, March-October from 8-11:30am
  • Gates will not be opened until 8am
  • Mobile pickup is available to home-bound residents. Call 913-715-6907 for more information

FREE Store

Shop for free at our FREE Store where you can find all sorts of good quality usable products. Items include but not limited to: oil, household cleaners, stains, and car care products. Open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday from 8am-3pm (closed for lunch between 12-1pm). Limit 10 items per person.

Re-Blended Paint for Sale

We sell quality re-blended latex paint in 5 gallon buckets. Details on the Re-blended Paint program hereOpen Monday, Wednesday, Thursday from 8am-3pm (closed for lunch between 12-1pm)

Note: Re-blended paint is not for resale or commercial use 

IMPORTANT!! There will continue to be NO CHARGE to drop off latex paint for recycling or for all other items from our FREE Store. These changes only apply to the recycled paint we redistribute.

Electronic Waste - Not Accepted at our HHW Site

Note: Secure e-cycle which is located near the Household Hazardous Waste facility at: 3052 S. 24th St. in Kansas City, Kansas 66106. Charges apply for TVs, computer monitors, and towers: Please call 913-871-9040 for details regarding hours and charges.  Proshred will also be available for paper shredding (charges apply). For more information on other electronic recycling options check out our Electronics page or go to RecycleSpot.org.

Business, School, and Non-Residential Waste

We also accept waste from businesses, churches, and schools. Interested parties must apply and disposal fees will be assessed based on the type of chemical and current disposal methods.

Submit a Small Quantity Hazardous Waste Generator application

Household Hazardous Waste Code of Conduct Policy

Recycle your medications

Safe Use and Alternatives

Safe Storage of Household Chemicals

The upkeep of a home usually involves different and multiple products containing hazardous chemicals. For the safety of people and the environment, safe use and storage is mandatory.

  • Keep products out of reach of children and petsboy and dog
  • Store hazardous products away from food items
  • Make sure lids are on tight and child-proofed, if possible.
  • Store corrosive, flammable, and poisonous products on separate shelves.
  • Do not mix products together in the same container.
  • Do not store products where they might freeze and possibly cause rupturing of the container.
  • Keep products in a dry area to prevent rust and possible leaking of the contents.
  • If label is falling off, tape it back on.
  • If label is missing, re-label container.
  • Keep products away from heat, sparks, flames, or sources of ignition such as hot water heaters and car engines.
  • Never put a hazardous product in a food or beverage container.

Always Read the Label

It is very important that you read the labels on products containing chemicals. Please put these points into practice:

  • Make sure you use the appropriate safety protection methods recommended on the product's label (e.g., wearing gloves, using respiratory protection)
  • Make sure you have read and understood the hazards of using the product. Look for signal words, such as Danger or Poison on the most hazardous products, Warning or Caution on less hazardous products.
  • Make sure you use the product only per label instructions.
  • Make sure the product is for consumer use. Do not use industrial-grade products in your home.
  • Make sure you can use the product in a safe location per label instructions (e.g., adequate ventilation, no open flames)
  • Make sure the label is always readable -- it contains very important first aid procedures.
  • Make sure the product is only used for its labeled purpose. For example, a pesticide labeled to kill fleas and ticks in the yard is not formulated to spray on a pet for pest control.
  • Make sure you dispose of the product per label instructions. In Johnson County, unwanted hazardous products can be taken to the Household Hazardous Materials Collections Facility.

Safer Alternatives to Household Hazardous Chemicals

Although the suggested mixtures have less hazardous ingredients than many commercial cleaners and pesticides, they should be used and stored with similar caution.

  • Bathroom Cleaner: Mix baking soda and water for an all purpose bathroom and kitchen cleaner. It will clean but not disinfect.Girl with globe
  • Deodorizer/Air Freshener: Simmer cinnamon and cloves. Put vinegar out in saucers.
  • Drain Cleaner: Use a plunger or a plumber's snake. Put equal parts baking soda and vinegar down the drain followed by boiling water.
  • Flea and Tick Control: Use a flea comb. Bathe pet regularly. Put brewer's yeast or garlic in pet food. Sprinkle fennel, rue, rosemary, or eucalyptus seeds or leaves around pet bedding.
  • Furniture Polish: Mix 2 parts vegetable oil and 1 part lemon juice.
  • Glass and Window Cleaner: Vinegar and water.
  • Lime and Mineral Deposit Remover: Soak faucets and shower heads in vinegar.
  • Metal Cleaner/Polish: Creme of tartar removes stains from aluminum cookware. Worcestershire sauce will clean and polish unlacquered brass. Toothpaste will clean tarnish off gold and silver (not silver plate). Vinegar and salt will clean copper.
  • Moth Balls: Cedar chips, lavender flowers, rosemary, mint or white peppercorns.
  • Oven Cleaner: Clean spills as soon as the oven cools using steel wool and baking soda.
  • Pests: Boric acid will kill ants and roaches when spread liberally around points of entry. Should not be applied where children or pets are likely to come in contact with it.
  • Rat/Mouse Poison: Snap or live traps.
  • Rug Deodorizer: Sprinkle baking soda liberally on carpet, let sit and then vacuum.
  • Spot Cleaners: Club soda applied immediately. Wash as usual.


Johnson County Re-blended Paint

High quality latex paint from Johnson County homes and collected at our Household Hazardous Waste facility is re-blended on site and available for purchase in 5 gallon buckets. Paint is inspected for quality before being separated into various colors, and is a mixture of mostly interior and some exterior paint. Sale of the paint helps fund the Johnson County Household Hazardous Waste Program.

Johnson County re-blended paint has been used to paint countless homes throughout Johnson and Wyandotte County; we've even helped paint a village in Ghana!

Note: Re-blended paint is not for resale or commercial use

Color Options

Available in 5 gallon buckets 


White Paint - $35 (tints vary)

Beige Paint - $25 (tints vary)

Gray Paint - $30 (tints vary)

Brown Paint - $20 (tints vary)

Various Colors - $25 (colors vary, blue, green, yellow, orange, purple, pink)


You must have an appointment to DROP OFF paint.
Schedule an appointment to drop off paint
No appointment is necessary for picking up paint.

Store Hours

Paint may only be purchased during our regular hours:
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 8am-3pm (closed for lunch from 12-1pm)

Note: You may also pick up paint during our Saturday Collection Events which occur on the 2nd Saturday of the month starting in March through October 8am-11:30am.

For more information please contact Arlen Morrison: a[email protected] or 913-715-6982


5901 Foxridge Dr., Mission, KS 66203

Note: Our facility is located within the Myron K. Nelson Wastewater Treatment Plant just off Foxridge Drive and Lamar. Upon arrival press the white call button at the gate to enter. Follow the signs for the Household Hazardous Waste facility.

Free Store

 The Johnson County Free Store is currently open with the following conditions:

  • If there are multiple cars waiting, residents must stay in their cars until the store is empty.
  • 10 item maximum per customer.

Why buy new when you can get usable products for free?

Stop by the FREE Store at the Johnson County Household Hazardous Waste Facility. Residents, businesses, community groups, local government, and schools are all welcome.

It's FREE to the public, even to those living outside of Johnson County.

Many Types of Products are Available

free household products

  • Stain and Paint
  • Home Improvement
  • Household Cleaners
  • Automotive
  • Arts and Crafts
  • And much more


No appointment is necessary to shop in the FREE Store. We are open Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 8am-3pm (closed for lunch from 12-1pm)
Note: Appointment still needed to drop off material. Schedule an appointment

Re-blended Paint Program

Usable latex paint that is dropped off at the Household Hazardous Waste facility is processed on site and made available to residents, community groups, and others looking for latex paint.

Johnson County Re-blended Latex Paint comes in shades of white, beige, grey, and brown; available in 5 gallon bucket

All sales are final. CHECK & CARD ONLY. NO CASH. Quantity, and color of paint are not guaranteed. Please call 913-715-6982 or email for more information.



!!! Important !!!

There will continue to be NO CHARGE to drop off latex paint or any other household hazardous waste product for recycling. All items available in the FREE Store will continue to be FREE.

Accepted Items

What is Household Hazardous Waste?


If a product's label has any of these signal words, then the product has ingredients that contain one or more of the following hazardous characteristics: corrosive, reactive, toxic, flammable, or explosive. If not safely stored, used, or disposed, the product can present hazards to you and your environment. A full list of materials that we accept is listed below.

Common Materials Accepted at the Collection Facility

  • Adhesives
  • Aerosols
  • Arts and Crafts Materials
  • Automotive fluids i.e. brake fluid, antifreeze, etc.(Do not bulk fluids together
  • Batteries
  • Cleaning Products
  • Cooking Oil
  • Fluorescent Light Bulbs and Tubes (Pack separate from other items to avoid breakage)
  • Gasoline (Do not mix with other automotive fluids other than 2-cycle oil)
  • Lawn and garden chemicals
  • Motor Oil - limit 5 gallons per month (NO TRANSFORMER OIL)
  • Paint (latex and oil based)
  • Photo Chemicals
  • Pool Chemicals 
  • Rechargeable Batteries
  • Solvents, i.e. Paint Thinner, Acetone, Kerosene
  • Tires (Limit 4 per month, other drop off options can be found at RecycleSpot)
  • Wood Preservatives
  • 1-3 lb. Propane Cylinders


If you have questions about other accepted materials, please call our office at 913-715-6907. We will be happy to answer your questions.

For Items Not on the Accepted List

If you don't see an item on the approved list, then it is probably not accepted at our facility. However, there could be other options for recycling or disposal. To find options closest to you go to: RecycleSpot

Medical waste and medication recycling options

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Businesses and organizations such as churches, schools, government agencies, and non-profit groups, can utilize our Small Quantity Generator disposal program. This is voluntary and fee-based program is available to Johnson County businesses and organizations who meet the qualifications established by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. For additional assistance contact one of our Hazardous Waste Technicians by email or by calling 913-715-6982.

If you are already registered as a generator click here to schedule your drop-off. 

We can only accept generators who generate 220 lbs or less of hazardous materials in a calendar month. If you generate more then that you can contact the Kansas Small Business Environmental Assistance Program by email or by calling 1-800-578-8898 for confidential, non-regulatory disposal assistance.

List the name and quantity of the waste you are wanting to dispose of.

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