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Newport News Now is a daily e-newsletter that launched in March 2016. Articles that ran in our newsletter between March 2016 and March 2018 are available on these pages. Newsletters produced beginning in April 2018 can be viewed on our new daily newsletter page.

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Jun 28

Household Hazardous Waste Disposal

Posted on June 28, 2016 at 9:01 AM by Communications Department

Summer is a great time to clean out the garage. But what dochemicals_SC you do with all the stuff you find there like old paint, old gasoline, motor oil or pest control chemicals that may not be any good? Don’t throw them away in your trash can as they could leach into the landfill, and don’t pour them into your sink drain or into a ditch or storm drain (swimming in polluted waters doesn’t make for a fun vacation nor is it good for wildlife or aquatic species). Instead, there’s an environmentally safe option that the City makes available to all residential customers who pay the solid waste fee. Every Friday and Saturday, you can take these chemicals to the Recovery Operations Center, located at 550 Atkinson Way, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. where they will be disposed of properly.

The Household Hazardous Waste Program does limit residents old_TVs_SCto five gallons of liquid and 75 pounds of solid materials per visit, but since they are open every Friday and Saturday you don’t have to wait long to take more items for disposal. The environment gets a break and you get a clean garage. A list of items that you can take to the Recovery Operations Center (including electronic items!) is available online.  

For more information, contact Newport News 311 by dialing 311 (inside City limits) or 757-933-2311 (outside City limits) or email