Allegany County Recycling is holding its biennial  Too Toxic To Trash Event for residents to dispose of their household hazards waste (HHW) properly, on Saturday, October 9, 2021 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Allegany County Fairgrounds (11490 Moss Avenue, Cumberland).

Free  Disposal ITems

See List of Accepted Items

paint cash, Check, and Credit Cards Accepted

More info here

Do not bring - see list


All Allegany County residents may participate. Proof of residency is required, in the form of a valid driver's license, current utility bill, etc.  No contractors, businesses or commercial waste accepted.

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Keep in Mind

  • Bring products in original containers, if possible.
  • Do NOT mix or consolidate products.
  • Take care when loading and transporting your hazardous waste.


If an item in question is not on the list call 301-777-5933 x 210 or email the Recycling Office.


  • Antifreeze
  • Break fluid
  • Car batteries
  • Car polish
  • Car wax
  • Carburetor Cleaner
  • Engine degreasers
  • Grease
  • Handheld road flares
  • Hydraulic fluid
  • Lead acid batteries
  • Motor oil
  • Oil & gasoline mixtures
  • Power steering fluid
  • Road flares
  • Starting fluid
  • Transmission fluid


  • Driveway repair asphalt
  • Driveway sealer
  • Pool chemicals
  • Pool chemicals
  • Propane
  • Propane Tanks
  • Roofing tar
  • Spa/ Hot tub chemicals
  • Stains
  • Tar
  • Waterproofing Products
FuelsHobbyHome Improvement
  • Butane
  • Camp Fuel
  • Diesel Fuel
  • Gasoline
  • Kerosene
  • Lighter fluid
  • Adhesives
  • Artist supplies
  • Chemistry sets
  • Cutting oils
  • Epoxy
  • Glue
  • Gun cleaning solvents
  • Helium Tanks
  • Nitric acid
  • Muriatic acid
  • Photographic chemicals
  • Resin
  • Super glue

  • Caulking
  • Linseed oil
  • Paint strippers
  • Paint thinner
  • Pipe Joint compound
  • Rechargeable tool batteries
  • Shellac
  • Spray foam insulation
  • Spray paint
  • Stains

Household Cleaners
  • Aerosols
  • Batteries
  • Cooking oil
  • Dry cell batteries
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Flea "Bombs"
  • Flea & tick collars
  • PCB and non-PCB light ballasts
  • Rechargeable batteries
  • Smoke detectors
  • Ammonia based cleaners
  • Bathroom cleaner
  • Bleach based cleaners
  • Disinfectants
  • Drain openers
  • Floor waxlightbulb battery
  • Furniture polish
  • Lye
  • Oven cleaner
  • Stain removers 
Lawn & GardenPersonal CareMiscellaneous
  • Ant spray
  • Citronella
  • Fertilizers
  • Fungicides
  • Herbicides
  • Hormone-enhanced products
  • Insecticides
  • Pesticides 
  • Rat poison
  • Wasp Spray fertilizer
  • Blood Pressure Cuffs
  • Hair coloring
  • Hair Spray
  • Hearing -aid batteries
  • Hydrogen peroxided
  • Iodine
  • Mercury thermometers
  • Nail polish
  • Nail polish remover

  • Aerosol cans
  • Asbestos
  • Freon
  • Lead
  • Leftover adhesives
  • Mercury
  • Refrigeration oil
  • Solvents

 Paint Recycling 
  • Water & Oil Based Paints and stains in cans accepted.
  • $2.00 per container (all sizes, samples, quart, gallon, 5-gallon).
  • Cash, check, and credit cards accepted.
  • Paint that is usable is distributed to reuse channels, including humanitarian construction projects, theater groups, and licensed contractors through Yuck Old Paint.


Do Not Bring

Clean it out

Look under your kitchen or bathroom sink, at the basement workbench, in the garage or garden shed – wherever you store cleaning products, home and vehicle maintenance items, or garden chemicals. If a product label says “danger”, “warning”, “poison”, or “caution”, the product contains ingredients that are flammable, poisonous, will burn the skin and eyes, or react violently with other chemicals. These items, if disposed of improperly, are a threat to our environment and health. Landfills, water and sewerage treatment plants are incapable of processing these chemicals and the result is the eventual contamination of our groundwater and waterways, upon which everyone is dependent .

How Do I Handle Household Hazardous Waste In My Home?

  • Read labels carefully before you make purchases so you can reduce the amount of hazardous material that you bring into your home.  
  • Choose non-toxic alternatives when possible. Select the least toxic products available and buy only the amount you need to use.
  • Store all toxic products away from children and animals in safe, tight containers. Make sure they won't leak.
  • Store away from extreme temperatures.
  • Follow label directions and use only what is needed.
  • NEVER mix products. Mixing products can cause explosive or poisonous chemical reactions.
  • Always store products in their original container with the original label.
  • Never eat, drink, or smoke when handling hazardous materials. Clean up properly after use. 

How Do I Transport Household Hazardous Waste To HHW Collection Events & Locations?

  • NEVER mix products. Mixing products can cause explosive or poisonous chemical reactions.
  • Keep products in their original container with the original label.
  • Secure products so they won't tip or leak.
  • Keep products away from children and animals.
  • Store products in the back end of the car, away from the passenger compartment.
  • Stay in your vehicle during unloading.

2019 Event Sponsors

The 2019 Allegany County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day is made possible by The Allegany County Commissioners, Allegany County Solid Waste Management Board, Chesapeake Bay Trust, City of Cumberland, City of Frostburg, Town of Lonaconing, Keep Maryland Beautiful, Burgmeier's Hauiling, Waste Management and NEFCO.



The more you use safe alternatives, the less we spend on disposal of household hazardous waste (HHW). The more HHW you dispose of, the less we save during these tough budgetary times. Choosing safer alternatives is the difference between money saved and money spent.

So, ask yourself, "Why unnecessarily buy something that is harmful and expensive to dispose of when you could choose an alternative that's safer and cheaper to manage?" You can help reduce the cost of this program by:

  • Avoid purchasing hazardous household materials
  • Giving away what you cannot use
  • Using safer alternatives
  • Using up what you buy