Drop & Swap Program




Household Chemical Waste Collection Facility

3255 Akers Drive

in Colorado Springs

Monday – Thursday, 7:00 am – 5:00 pm

Call 520-7878 for information

Website: http://www.elpasoco.com


Many products brought to the El Paso County Household Chemical Waste Collection Facility are re-usable.  So in keeping with the mission of “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle,” a Drop & Swap Program was developed to make these new and/or reusable products available for FREE to the residents of El Paso and Teller Counties!


Drop off items you are no longer using and see if there is anything on the shelves that you need!  A donation of non-perishable food for Care & Share is encouraged.




Items with a “circuit board and a cord”


– COMPUTER COMPONENTS:  Laptops, monitors, CPUs, keyboards, mouse, printers, scanners

– TELEVISION SETS (up to 19” diagonal screen)




– PDAs


– STEREO / VIDEO COMPONENTS  – Amplifiers, receivers, tuners, VCR and DVD players, personal music devices, video cameras




Items being donated must be in labeled, non-leaking containers.


– PAINT AND PAINT PRODUCTS:  Latex and Oil Based Paints, Aerosol Paints, Hobby Paints, Stains, Strippers, Solvents, Thinners, Lacquers, Varnishes,

– LAWN AND GARDEN CHEMICALS:  Lawn and Houseplant Fertilizers, Herbicides, Insecticides, Pesticides, Rodent Poisons, Wood Preservatives

– HOUSEHOLD PRODUCTS:  Cleaners (carpet, drain, oven, toilet bowl), Aerosols, Ammonia, Batteries (alkaline & rechargeable), Bleach, Cooking & Lamp Oils, Fire Extinguishers, Furniture Polish/wax, Fluorescent Lights, Medications, Propane Tanks, Mercury Thermometers (can be exchanged

for 1 new digital thermometer per household!)

– AUTOMOTIVE PRODUCTS:  Antifreeze, Batteries, Brake & Transmission Fluids, Cleaners (bug/tar, chrome, engine, vinyl), Flares, Fuels, Wax, (NO Tires)



Here’s the “Fine Print”:

– Any citizen of El Paso or Teller County over the age of 18 can take any of the products offered on the Drop & Swap shelves.

– All products are offered FREE of charge.

– The El Paso County Environmental Services Department, Solid Waste Management Division, makes every effort to offer only new, clean, usable products on the Drop & Swap shelves but they cannot guarantee the integrity, safety, usability, or effectiveness of the products — you take them at your own risk.

– A Release Form must be signed when taking any products from the Drop & Swap shelves.

(Thermostats and light switches) are processed in ultra-high temperature ovens that separate the mercury from the glass and metal.

  • 99.9% of the mercury is recaptured; the remaining glass and metal is recycled.



  • Good paint is bulked for reuse by non-profit organizations, private citizens, contractors, locations like the State
  • Fairgrounds, and for graffiti removal.
  • Unusable paint is either disposed of at an approved location or used to make building materials.
  • Stains are either reused once, or bulked and disposed of with an environmental company to be used as fuel at approved cement kilns.


PROPANE TANKS are either reused, or recycled as scrap iron for art pieces or projects.


Go to www.elpasoco.com and search for “solid waste management” for more details.