Tox Box – Household Chemical Disposal

The Tox Box is CLOSED  

It will reopen in February, pending safety inspections.  

Please check back for exact date.  


 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, cleaning products, herbicides, pesticides, and most other household chemicals at no charge.  

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



The Tox Box

(located on west side of The Johnson County Highway Department)

1051 Hospital Rd., Franklin, IN  46131

 Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.  

Closed Tuesday and Thursday



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.  


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, 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 with your regular trash.  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.