A lot of local governments in central North Carolina hold hazardous waste collection events, but for the most part they’re not too picky about where that waste comes from.

The City of High Point, on the other hand, makes it crystal clear that they are holding the event for High Point residents only – and, if you live outside the city, well, your hazardous waste isn’t welcome there.

That’s been true of hazardous waste collection events in High Point in the past, but the latest press release announcing such an event even makes the point in a stronger way. The release has the headline: “Household Hazardous Waste Facility Open To High Point Residents.”

It also notes, “Proof of residency will be required for all disposals.”

For those who are lucky enough to be a resident of that fine city, High Point will host its next Household Hazardous Waste disposal event at the Household Hazardous Waste Facility at 1401 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Materials from businesses, household garbage or medical waste will not be accepted.

The event will be an opportunity for residents of the city to drop off the following household items at no charge and be assured that it will be disposed of properly.  Here are some of the items the collectors will accept with a smile:

  • Aerosols, batteries, bleach/cleaners, electronics, fire extinguishers, furniture polish, fluorescent bulbs, nail polish/removers
  • Adhesives, gas cylinders, paints, solvents, stains/varnish, strippers/thinners, wood and metal cleaner, wood preservatives
  • Antifreeze, auto batteries, brake fluid, cleaners/degreasers, diesel fuel, gasoline or mixed gas, motor oil and filters, transmission fluid
  • Herbicides, lighter fluid, pesticides, poisons, pool chemicals
  • Electronics and tires (though there’s a limit of four tires per visitor)

This event will not include the highly popular paper shredding service. However, Styrofoam recycling will be available.

Accepted foam includes “clean egg cartons and meat trays, clean foam takeout containers and cups, packing material and foam coolers.”

Tape, bubble wrap, pluck foam, foam wrapping and foam peanuts won’t be accepted.

City staff is requesting that all loose Styrofoam be bagged.

At the event, residents are asked to have all materials in the trunks of their cars –  or in the bed of their pick-up trucks.

Updates will be provided prior to each event, and you can verify the event calendar at www.highpointnc.gov.