News & Events

Tox-Away Tuesdays

We have some exciting news for Allen County!

We are getting ready to launch a weekly Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) drop-off program at our refurbished facility located at 2260 Carroll Road, Fort Wayne. The HHW drop-off program will be open to the public every Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., beginning July 10. Minimal fees and a weight limit of 50 lbs. will apply.

Tox-Away Day has been a popular program over the years and we recognize there is a greater need for a weekly HHW drop-off program.

A downloadable map to ACDEM’s Household Hazardous Waste Facility along with items accepted can be found here:

  • Drop-off Hours: Tuesdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., beginning July 10
  • Drop-off Location: 2260 Carroll Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46818  (you must enter the HHW Facility via Fort Recovery Road from Lima Road)


We encourage residents and small businesses to reduce purchasing toxic HHW products and give away leftover HHW products to others who may need to use them for intended purposes. Small businesses and nonprofits in Allen County who are interested in our new HHW service must make an appointment with ACDEM by calling our facility at 260-449-4433.

For more information, follow us on Facebook or call our downtown Fort Wayne office at 260-449-7878.

Please help us spread the word about our new Household Hazardous Waste program by sharing this information with your family, friends, and community!

The Fish Are NOT Happy!

Every year, Americans throw away millions of plastic straws.  They are not recyclable and never biodegrade.  Most of us don’t need them, yet use them for minutes then discard them to last forever.  Many straws make their way into rivers and can harm wildlife.  All of us can make the small change of saying, “No straw, please”  and challenging our friends and family to do the same.

This video is our reminder of what might happen if the fish decide to fight back.

Reduce Your Use: Plastic Straws

The best straw is no straw at all!  Most of us don’t need them.  Plastic straws make up a significant portion of the plastic pollution in our waterways and natural areas, where they pose a threat to wildlife.  Even if they are properly disposed of, plastic straws never go away; they are not recyclable and do not decompose.   This season, the Allen County Department of Environmental Management is asking you to say “No straw, please” when you go out for a beverage.

Look for our PSA to air on TV and social media for a fun look at how our local wildlife might react to plastic straws.

For those in the food service industry, local company Aardvark Straws will donate a restaurant pack of paper straws to try out for those who request them.  Just give us a call at 449-7879 for yours!

Individuals who would like to pledge to stop using plastic straws can find us out and about at events all spring and summer.  We have reusable stainless steel straws for those who would like them while supplies last and a cool way to document your commitment in our photo booth.  Some of the locations scheduled are here:

Purchasing options for buying your owns re-usable straws and cleaning brushes here.