Special Waste Disposal

Not everything is appropriate for landfills. Some items need special disposal procedures. These include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Fluorescent Light BulbsIf you are a business, contact DEP for instructions. Citizens may break full size bulbs, double bag, and dispose of with household trash, or order a special waste box for recycling at your own cost.
  • Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs – Lowe’s (Accepts CFL’s only, meaning less than 1 ft in length.)
  • Automotive & Industrial Batteries – Recycle at Advance Auto, Auto Zone, and Elkins Metal Recycling.
  • Alkaline batteriesDavis Medical Center and Davis & Elkins College accept these at no charge. When dropping at DMC, affix tape to each end of the cell and deliver in a container to the main information desk. No preparation is needed for D&E drop sites, which are located on the 4th floor of the Eshleman Science Center (main lobby), and the 2nd floor of Madden Student Center (outside cafeteria). Click for a campus map with donations sites marked.
  • Antifreeze – Advance Auto Parts only.
  • Motor Oil and Petroleum Based Fluids (Brake and Power Steering) – Advance Auto Parts or Auto Zone
  • Tires – RCSWA holds an annual tire collection for Randolph County in cooperation with DEP.  To properly dispose of tires between collection events, Tucker County Landfill accepts tires at $2.00 each.  If you are within Elkins city limits, schedule a special pick-up at a cost of $5.00 per tire.  Additionally, find the tire monofill nearest you.
  • AsbestosComprehensive information and instructions for safe handling and removal of this harmful material.
  • Medical Waste – See Disposing of Syringes, Lancets, and other Medical Sharps.
  • Paint – Add cat litter, soil or saw dust to solidify, then dispose of with household trash.
  • Contact lenses and blister packaging – Instructions for free, local drop off site. Accepted during the hours of operation only.
  • Dental Care Products @ Good Energy FoodsAccepted Items. ALL BRANDS. No need to clean items before drop off. Remove as much remaining product as possible. If rinsing container, do not drop off wet or leaking item. NO AEROSOL DEODORANT CANS. Collected inside and only during business hours.
  • Beauty Care Products @ Good Energy FoodsAccepted Items. ALL BRANDS. No need to clean items before drop off. Remove as much remaining product as possible. If rinsing container, do not drop off wet or leaking items. Unaccepted Items. Collected inside and only during business hours.
  • Disposable Razor Products @ Good Energy FoodsAccepted Items. ALL BRANDS. Collected inside and only during business hours.
  • Rigid #6 Cups @ Good Energy FoodsAccepted Items. NUMBER 6 ONLY! ALL BRANDS, NOT JUST SOLO. Collected inside and only during business hours.
  • Energy Bar & Foil Lined Wrappers @ Good Energy Foods – Accepted ItemsALL BRANDS. No need to clean items before drop off. Remove as much remaining product as possible. Collected inside and only during business hours.
  • Electronics – RCSWA holds biannual recycling events. Watch our website and Facebook page for announcements!

Hazardous Waste
The West Virginia DEP oversees Hazardous Waste. If you have a hazardous waste emergency, call 1-800-642-3074 or visit www.dep.wv.gov for more information.

Click here to report illegal dumpsites directly to the DEP.