Tox Box – Household Chemical Disposal

 The Tox Box, 1051 Hospital Road, Franklin, is a household hazardous waste materials/chemical collection program operated by the Johnson County Recycling District.  Household materials/chemicals such as oil-based paint, stains, cleaning products, herbicides, pesticides, and most other household chemicals can be dropped off Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.


Change in hours week of March 30!!

Closed April 1 for training and April 3 for Good Friday!

Open March 30, 31, and April 2 from 9:00-3:00.

 The Tox Box

located on west side of The Johnson County Highway Department

1051 Hospital Rd.

Franklin, IN  46131

 Monday, Wednesday, Friday

9:00 a.m – 3:00 p.m.

Closed Tuesday and Thursday



Also open the following Saturdays from 9:00-noon:

June 13

August 22

November 14


Some of the items accepted at the Tox Box are as follows:

Adhesives, Aerosol Cans, Air Fresheners, Ammonia, Bathroom Cleaners, Brake Fluid, Carpet Cleaners, Chlorine Bleach, Cleaning Products, Detergents, Fire Extinguishers, Floor Wax, Furniture Polish, Gasoline, Glues, Herbicides, Household cleaners, Insecticides, Lighter Fluid, Mercury,  Metal Cleaners, Metal Polishes, Oil-based Paints, Oil-based Wood Stains, permanent Markers, Pesticides, Plant Food, Pool Chemicals, Rat/Rodent Poisons, Rock salt, Soaps, Shoe Polish, Stain Removers, Solvents, Thermometers, Thermostats, Transmission Fluid, Upholstery Cleaners, Wood Preservatives, Wood Stains (oil based), Wood Varnishes  


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. Remove the lid

2. Add sand, inexpensive kitty litter, mulch, gravel, or shredded paper to the paint and mix it thoroughly.  Leave uncovered in a dry, well-ventilated area such as a porch or garage to completely dry out.

3.  Once it’s completely dry, it can be disposed in your regular trash.  Be sure to leave the lid off so that your hauler knows there is no liquid left in the can.  Never throw away paint that is in liquid form.



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.

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.