Household Hazardous Waste

The City, through an Interlocal Agreement with Dallas County, participates in a program to provide safe and legal disposal of Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) for University Park residents.

Residents have two options under this program:

  1. Drop off items at the Household Chemical Collection Center (HC3)
  2. Attend any HHW Collection event conducted by the Dallas Area Household Hazardous Waste Network.

Both services are free to University Park residents. Please bring a driver's license and a recent utility bill stub to prove residency. The Household Chemical Collection Center is located at:

Household Chemical Collection Center (HC3)
11234 Plano Road
Dallas, Texas 75243
214-553-1765

The HC3 is located one mile north of IH-635 (LBJ Freeway). The facility is the first building past the railroad tracks (heading north on Plano Road) on the east side of Plano Road. The building is easily identifiable by its white color and bright turquoise trim.

Hours of Operation
Tuesday: 9 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Thursday: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Second Saturday of each month: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Fourth Saturday of each month: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Note: Closed every Sunday, Monday and Friday


Home Chemical Collection Events

For information about collection events, call 214-553-1765.

Items Accepted at HC3 and collection events include:

  • Chemical products for home use
  • Paint and home repair products
  • Lawn & garden chemicals
  • Aerosol sprays
  • Pool chemicals
  • Craft & hobby supplies
  • Cleaners & polishes
  • Batteries of all kinds
  • Automotive fluids & oil filters
  • Fluorescent light tubes
  • Personal computers including: laptops, monitors, printers, drivers, circuit boards, cables and wiring, battery backup systems, etc.
  • Cellular phones and batteries

Under Texas state law, computer manufacturers are also responsible for recycling unwanted personal computers. Click on the following brochure for more information:

Computer Recycling

Items NOT accepted include:

  • Business or commercial waste
  • Containers larger than 5 gallons
  • Explosives or ammunition
  • Smoke detectors or other Radioactive materials
  • Medical waste
  • Common trash or recyclables
  • Construction debris
  • Electronics other than computers and cell phones, including: televisions, scanners, fax machines, dumb terminals, analog phones, etc.
  • Appliances

Other Participating Cities

In addition to University Park, other Dallas County cities participate in the program. Non-University Park residents should call their own cities to confirm program participation, or call 214-533-1765. This program is paid for by cities participating in the Dallas Area Household Hazardous Waste Network and Dallas County.

For more information about HC3, plus 2014 holidays observed, click here.

For More Information

For additional information residents may call the City's 3-1-1 Information Line or complete a Service Request form.


DISPOSAL OF SHARPS

“Sharps” is a medical term for items with sharp points or edges that can puncture or cut skin.  Examples include needles, syringes, and lancets.  Every year University Park sanitation workers are injured by sharps that are improperly discarded. Approximately 9 million Americans use sharps to manage medical conditions.  This results in the disposal of more than 3 billion used needles and other sharp items annually.

How to dispose of Sharps safely

  • Use a red Sharps container, securing lid with heavy-duty tape
  • Place the secured bottle in the trash for collection


If you do not use a red Sharps container 

  • Place needles, syringes and lancets in a hard plastic or metal container with a screw-on cap or tightly secured lid - Bleach bottle or liquid detergent bottle
  • Reinforce the lid of the container with heavy-duty tape
  • Label the container “Not for Recycling”
  • Place the secured bottle in the trash for collection
  • Do not put loose needles, syringes and lancets in trash cans
  • Do not put needles, syringes or lancets in glass jars, coffee cans, aluminum cans or clear or thin plastic containers 
The disposal method above is only for sharps used in the household.  Clinics, hospitals and other commercial users must follow Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) regulations.

Brochure - Safe Disposal of Sharps 

Mail-Back Programs - Programs that allow home users to mail used Sharps to licensed disposal facilities in Texas.