Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) includes items such as household cleaners, lawn and garden products, automotive fluids, paints and other chemical products. These flammable, toxic, corrosive or reactive items are labeled with danger, warning or caution labels.
Hazardous products cause poisonings, severe burns, illness, blindness and even death if misused. When HHW ends up in household trash or is poured down sinks or storm drains, it not only endangers our health and safety, but it also poses risks for our communities, wildlife and the environment.
Properly dispose of your HHW
The MARC Solid Waste Management District Regional HHW Collection Program provides access to proper HHW disposal for all district residents. The District encompasses Cass, Clay, Jackson, Platte and Ray counties in Missouri.
Residents of participating communities (listed here) may take HHW products to the permanent collection facilities in Kansas City, Mo., and Lee’s Summit at no charge. (Proof of residency is required.) NOTE: Cass County as a whole is NOT joining the Regional HHW Collection Program in 2016. Participating cities in Cass County are Cleveland, Garden City, Harrisonville, Belton, Raymore, Pleasant Hill and Lake Winnebago.
The District also has mobile collection events each year – often one or two in cities in Cass County. If your city has paid to participate then you can take your household hazardous waste to any of the local events (click here for a list of participating cities).
If your community is not a member of the Regional HHW Collection Program, make your voice heard and please contact your city hall or county office. Each city and county in the five-county Solid Waste Management District is given an annual opportunity to join the program. Unincorporated Cass County does not currently participate in the program. Several individual cities within the county do.
Alternatively, residents whose city is not participating may visit the Lee’s Summit Collection Facility to drop off their Household Hazardous Waste. Appointment required by calling 816-623-3066. Open on first Saturday of the month, 7 a.m.–noon; third Wednesday of each month, year round, 2–6:30 p.m. (paint only on Wednesdays). There is a $50 fee and a 100-pound limit per visit.This recycling program is a partnership between the Cass County Sustainability Committee and Town & Country Disposal, Inc. with grant funding provided by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the Mid-America Regional Council Solid Waste Management District.