Home ChemicalsA toxic substance means any chemical or mixture that may be harmful to the environment and to human health if inhaled, swallowed, or absorbed through the skin. There are naturally occurring toxins (poisonous substances coming from living organisms) found in certain plants like poinsettias and even some wild mushrooms and berries.
The City of Irving facilitates the proper handling of home chemicals in several ways:
Special Waste Collection Program - This is an on-call program offered to residents who receive city solid waste services. The city will pick up automotive oil, oil filters, tires, lead-acid batteries, antifreeze and transmission fluid, as well as non animal-based yellow grease such as frying oils, to be recycled. The city also will collect paint as part of the Special Waste Program, but at this time paint is not recycled. Call Solid Waste Services at (972) 721-2232 to schedule your special waste collection.
Additionally, some of these materials can be taken directly to the Hunter Ferrell Landfill.
Household Hazardous Waste Network - The City of Irving is a member of Dallas County's Household Hazardous Waste Network. Residents can drop off chemicals at the Home Chemical Collection Center at 11234 Plano Road at no charge with proof of residency. The center accepts pool and yard chemicals, all kinds of batteries, craft and hobby supplies, fluorescent light bulbs and tubes, paint and home repair products, household cleaners and polishes, and automotive fluids and oil filters. Tires are not accepted. For more information call Dallas County at (214) 553-1765.
Visit the links below to find out more about hazardous waste properties, storage tips and even alternatives to common household chemicals.