If you’re going to light off fireworks this year, make sure that you’re doing it safely both during and after. Before you even get started, get a bucket of water ready, a metal bucket is best. After the fireworks have cooled down, place them in the bucket of water and let them sit, overnight is best. When you’re ready to take them out, it doesn’t matter if they’re metal sparkler sticks or paper boxes, it all goes in the garbage. Any leftover residue makes them unsuitable for recycling. If you find fireworks from years past, it’s best to handle them as hazardous waste. Metro operates two hazardous waste facilities and weekly events through November to get rid of all hazardous waste.

How to dispose of July 4th fireworks

Hazardous Waste Collection Events

Metro hazardous waste information