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It is illegal to dispose of lighter fluid in your garbage. Residents may drop-off lighter fluid at the West County HHW Collection Facility.

Discard When Empty

Dispose of non-refillable lighters in the garbage when they are completely out of lighter fluid. If a lighter containing lighter fluid needs to be thrown out it should be treated as hazardous waste.

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Never Pour Down Sink

Lighter fluid should never be poured down the sink. Doing so could contaminate drinking water sources. Learn how to dispose of lighter fluid.


Rechargeable Lighters Are E-Waste

Rechargeable lighters, also known as plasma lighters, are electronic so they must be disposed of with e-waste.

Ways to Reduce


Use Matches

Matches are an inexpensive and environmentally friendly alternative to disposable lighters.

Try Refillable Lighters

Refillable and rechargeable lighters are a great way to reduce waste, especially for people who use lighters frequently.