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 batteries – Davis 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.

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.