What is the correct way to deal with the disposal of typical household
chemicals and which one are worth worrying about and treating special?
Automotive drain oil should obviously be taken to a drop-off site and
lead-acid auto batteries are exchanged, but what about-
Is there a website dedicated to explaining the environmental hazard
and practical disposal of such items?
You wait for your city to have household hazardous waste collection day, may
once or twice a year, and they go to great lengths to dispose of each thing
correctly. It would be a LOT of trouble for you to do it right.
Latex paint- open the can and let it dry out, then dispose in with your
regular trash. I'm not 100% sure about oil-based, but I think you can pour
kitty litter or such into the can, and then allow it to dry out. Dispose in
your regular trash.
Rechargeable batteries- Radio Shack and Sears, among others, re-cycle them.
They have a drop-off box in the store.
Have you checked your phone book? Many of them list what can, and can't, be
taken to your local landfill/dump/transfer station. I've always seen it
listed near the front. Also check the yellow pages and see what might be
If you have a local farmers co-op or such, they might be of help for the
Your local service station may be able to point you in the right direction
for the auto related items.
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