Safely Use and Dispose of Fireworks

As you plan and enjoy the Fourth of July, we’d like to remind everyone to put safety first.

At Waste Connections of Tennessee, Memphis, safety is our #1 operating value.  We strive to assure complete safety of our employees, our customers and the public in all our operations. Protecting from accident or injury is paramount in all we do.

Use Fireworks Responsibly

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture published these safety tips:

  • Obey local ordinances regulating the sale and use of fireworks.
  • Use fireworks in a safe area away from dry fields, forests and buildings.
  • Carefully follow label directions and always have adult supervision.
  • Light one firework at a time and handle lighters safely.
  • Never point or throw fireworks at people or animals.
  • Keep water and garden tools nearby. Wet towels can be used to extinguish small flames.
  • After the celebration ends, observe the area where fireworks were used to make sure everything is safe before leaving.

Safely Dispose of Used Fireworks

Please pick up firework debris after it has cooled.  The Shelby County Household Hazardous Waste Facility does not accept fireworks but suggests these steps for what to do with used fireworks:

  1. Dunk fireworks in water. Submerge them for at least 15 minutes, but overnight is preferred. The goal is to get them cooled off and waterlogged.
  2. Wrap the soaked fireworks in a plastic bag to make sure they stay wet. Double-wrapping the fireworks can help so they don’t dry out.
  3. Place the fireworks in your trash can. Fireworks cannot be recycled.

Unused Fireworks

If you have unused fireworks you no longer want, here are three options to consider:

  1. Give them away to someone who will safely store them and safely use them.
  2. Store them safely. First check their expiration date.  If they haven’t expired, keep them in a cool, dry place, out of reach of children, and away from all appliances and anything flammable.
  3. If you want to discard them, remove the fuses, and submerge them in water as instructed above for used fireworks.


All of us at Waste Connections hope you have a safe and enjoyable Independence Day.


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