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What Should I do with my Hazardous Products?

The best way to get rid of hazardous products is to use them up or give them away to someone who can. Since this is not always possible, below is a list of suggestions and places that you can take your waste too.

Items we use every day can now be recycled safely - including compact fluorescent lamps (CFLS), fluorescent tubes, batteries, electronics and computers. With a Think Green From Home Recycling Kit, you can easily recycle these items after use, keeping the potentially harmful toxins they contain from entering the environment. Visit Think Green From Home and order your postage-paid Recycling Kit today.

Disposal Recommendations
Check with your local auto parts store or auto garage to see if they will accept antifreeze.

Alkaline batteries (household batteries) can be safely disposed in your trash. Lead-acid batteries (car batteries) can be turned in at many auto part stores and auto garages.

Rechargeable batteries can be turned in at many retail stores including Home Depot, Radio Shack, Best Buy, Staples, and many other retailers. For a list of rechargeable battery recycling locations visit the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation.

Drain Cleaner
The recommended way to dispose of drain cleaner is to use it up according to package directions. Never mix drain cleaner with bleach or ammonia since toxic fumes or an explosion could occur.
Fluorescent Light Bulbs

For more information on where to take the light bulbs before the collection, check out the Ohio EPA's website.

Home Depot
As part of their long term commitment to the environment and sustainability, The Home Depot is pleased to offer free in-store compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulb recycling to all of their stores nationwide. Just look for the signs and collection units in their stores. For more information, check out their website online at: http://www6.homedepot.com/ecooptions/index.html.

Gasoline and Kerosene
Fuels, even if they are old or contain oil or water, can be used after being "reconditioned". Note: When mixing fuels for a lawn mower or snow blower be sure to only mix what you need. At the end of the season, allow the engine to run dry to use up any remaining fuel.
Household Cleaning Products
These products should be used up or given to someone who can. Household cleaners can still be used even if they are several years old. Most water soluble cleaning products can be safely disposed down the drain with running water. Do not mix products. Aerosol products can be disposed by turning the can upside down and then depressing the nozzle to release the propellant. Do this outdoors. Dispose the container in the trash.
Oven Cleaner
Oven cleaner is caustic material that should be used up according to package directions.
For more information on mercury check out the Agency for Toxic Substances.
Motor Oil
In case you need some motivation, consider this factoid from Earth911: Every gallon of used motor oil that's improperly disposed of can contaminate one million gallons of drinking water. Bring it to Wall-Mart, Autozone, Jiffy Lube or search online for more convenient choices.

The best option is to use up paint for its intended purpose. Make sure to follow these guidelines when securing your paint:

  • Keep in original container
  • If container is leaking, wrap in heavy-duty plastic bags & place in a box with cat litter to contain any small leaks- Label new box with contents and date
  • Store away from children and pets

You can also solidify your unusable paint. Depending on the type and quantity of paint, this procedure of drying out paint can be lengthy and may take up to several days or weeks.

  1. Find a well-ventilated area that is protected from children and pets.
  2. For small quantities (less than 1 inch), remove the lid and allow liquids to evaporate. (Make sure proper ventilation) Do not smoke near cans and avoid contact with the liquid or inhaling vapors.
  3. For quantities greater than 1 inch left in container (latex only), you can add cat litter or sawdust to absorb the paint. Make sure to stir the mixture to allow air to flow through.
  4. When completely dry, discard with the regular trash (put in a bag or box in with your trash). With cans, leave the lids off so the trash company can see that the paint is hardened.

    NOTE: Small quantities of paint and aerosol cans can also be painted on cardboard or newspaper to use up.
The best way to dispose of these products is to use them up according to label directions unless the products contain banned ingredients like DDT or Chlordane. If is it not possible to use up the products then safely store them for the District's annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection.
Propane Tanks

Throughout the year, you can take propane tanks to Gale's RECYCLE IT at 354 Florence Ave, Dover, Ohio free of charge. There is no limit on how many you can take. Propane tanks are accepted Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm and Saturdays, 8:00am - 12:00pm. For additional information, contact Gale's at 330-343-1555.

AmeriGas in Canton will also accept propane tanks for a $5.00 charge. Contact them at (866) -767-1100.

Syringes and Hypodermic Needles
Seal in an empty plastic pop bottle and label 'household syringes'. Discard in trash. DO NOT recycle.
Turpentine/Paint Removers/Solvents
Solvents can also be reused until they have been used up without losing their effectiveness but they may need to be filtered first. To do so, pour the product through a coffee filter over a glass jar. Paint and other sludge particles will be trapped in the filter. Wrap the filter in newspaper and dispose in the trash. Store the clean solvent in a sealed and labeled glass jar.
Wood Stains and Sealers
Use up or give to a friend.
Tips For Safe Handling of Hazardous Household Products
  • Buy only what you need.
  • Follow label directions and use only what is needed for the job. Twice as much does not mean twice the results.
  • Wear gloves and protective clothing to prevent skin contact.
  • Use products in well ventilated areas.
  • Do not mix products. Doing so can cause dangerous chemical reactions or an explosion.
  • Avoid aerosol products. Aerosols disperse the substance in tiny droplets that can be inhaled or absorbed through the skin.
  • Store products in their original container in well-ventilated areas.


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