Tox Box – Household Chemical Disposal


The Tox Box, 1051 Hospital Road, Franklin, is a household hazardous waste chemical collection program operated by the Johnson County Recycling District.  The Tox Box accepts household chemicals such as oil-based paint and stains, aerosol cans, cleaning products, herbicides, pesticides, and most other household chemicals at no charge.  


LATEX PAINT IS NOT ACCEPTED.  See below for instructions on drying out latex paint 




 Tox Box Hours: 

1051 Hospital Road, Franklin (west end of the Johnson County Highway Garage behind Johnson Memorial Hospital)

Tox Box sign

Monday, Wednesday, Friday

9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 5

 9:00 a.m.-noon


 Directions to the Tox Box:

Directions from U.S. 31 in Franklin  – Take U.S. 31 south past S.R. 44 (Jefferson Street) to Hospital Road.  Turn west (right) on Hospital Road (past Walgreen’s and the Marathon gas station).  Take Hospital Road to the stop sign (Johnson County Highway Department will be on your left).  The Tox Box will be the first left past the stop sign at the west end of the Highway Department.  Proceed through the gate and stop next to the small shed on the left.  Someone will be out to assist you.  


We DO NOT accept latex or water-based paints or stains.  Dry it out on your own by following the steps below.  Once dry, you may place the solidified paint in with your regular trash.


Instructions to dry out water-based paint/stains

  1. Add equal parts clay kitty litter to latex paint in the can (one part paint to one part kitty litter). If you have more than a half a can, you can also pour the paint into a plastic lined cardboard box then pour in cat litter.  
  2. Stir the cat litter into the paint until it has an oatmeal-like consistency that will not spill out.
  3. Allow the paint and cat litter mixture to sit until dry. 
  4. Throw the dried paint in the can in the garbage with the lid off.

Instead of cat litter, you can use a commercial paint hardener. Follow the instructions on the label.



Additional items we do not accept at the Tox Box:

  • Medications-  See below for medication disposal information.
  • Florescent tubes and ballasts- can be taken by residents or businesses to Lighting Resources, 498 Park 800 Drive, Greenwood at 888-3889.  Call them for fees and disposal information.
  • CFL bulbs (curly bulbs)- can be taken to the Lowe’s or Home Depot service desk for FREE environmentally safe disposal.
  • Propane tanks – small cylinders can be taken to Crossroads Recycling (736-6099).  Larger grill tanks can be taken to any location that carries Blue Rhino brand propane tanks.
  • Fire Extinguishers – can be taken to Crossroads Recycling (736-6099).


THE TOX BOX IS OPEN TO RESIDENTS ONLY!   If you are a business or CESQG with disposal needs, call NuGenesis at 1-800-487-1010. We reserve the right to reject large quantities of chemicals or volatile materials.  Materials such as radioactive materials, bio-medical wastes, and explosives WILL NOT be accepted.   For additional HHW (household hazardous waste) information, check out the Indiana Household Waste Taskforce, Inc.



  Prescription/Medication Disposal Drop-off Locations: 

Medications may now be dropped off to collection boxes around the county! No questions asked!  Simply drop your pills, ointments, tablets, capsules, etc…in their original containers into specially marked drop boxes at the following locations:

  • Johnson County Jail lobby, 1091 Hospital Rd., Franklin
  • Greenwood Police Department lobby, 186 Surina Way, Greenwood; 7:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday.
  • Edinburgh Police Department lobby, 200 S. Main St., Edinburgh
  • Whiteland Town Hall entrance, 549 Main St., Whiteland; 7:30 a.m. -5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday.
  • Franklin Police Department lobby, 1801 N. Morton, Franklin; 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Monday-Friday.  Closed on city-recognized holidays.









Johnson County Recycling District, 900 Arvin Rd., Suite A, Franklin, Indiana 46131 - 317-738-2546