Household Hazardous Material

Household hazardous materials (HHM) are corrosive, flammable, toxic, or reactive. Any products that have labels with DANGER, WARNING, or CAUTION may also be HHM.

Every year, Orange City and Alton join with Northwest Iowa Area Landfill to sponsor a household hazardous material recycling. This annual event alternates location between Orange City and Alton every year.


Accepted Materials

  • Degreasers
  • Waxes and polishes
  • Solvents
  • Lacquers and thinners
  • Caustic household cleaners
  • Spot & stain removers
  • Pesticides & herbicides
  • Oil based paint
  • Latex paint*

*Unusable latex paint received will be charged a $1/gal fee. Unusable latex paint is of poor quality and can not be reused. Completely dried latex can be disposed of with your regular garbage. Mixing it with cat litter, sawdust, or wood chips will help to dry out latex paint.


Prohibited Materials

  • Ammunition and explosives
  • Needles
  • Empty containers
  • Radioactive materials
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Compressed gas cylinders
  • Pharmaceuticals

HHM Advice

  1. Always follow the product’s use, storage, and disposal label directions.
  2. Never store HHM in food containers.
  3. Make sure lids are tight and secure on all stored HHM
  4. Buy only as much product as you think you will need.
  5. Try to use it all for its intended purpose.
  6. Always use labels!

Northwest Iowa Area Landfill

Northwest Iowa Area Landfill consists of all the incorporated and unincorporated communities within Lyn, Osceola, Sioux, O’Brien, and Clay counties. In cooperation with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, they have established this facility to provide residents with a local disposal of household hazardous materials.

This service is free for all residents within the service area. However, user fees may be assessed for small quantity generators. Call 712-324-4026 to determine if your business would be categorized as a small quantity generator.

For more information on Household Hazardous Materials, please refer to Northwest Iowa Area Landfill HHM or to set up an appointment with Northwest Iowa Area Landfill call 712-324-4026.