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Typical Hazardous Materials
Items to Remove from Garbage
The following household hazardous waste items are typically found around the house and should be kept out of the regular garbage:
  • Anti-freeze
  • Brake / power steering fluids
  • Button batteries
  • Cell phones
  • Compact fluorescent lights
  • Drain and other household cleaners
  • Fluorescent light ballasts
  • Fluorescent light tubes
  • Gasoline
  • Incandescent light bulbs
  • Kerosene / oil mix
  • Mercury vapor lamps
  • Motor oil
  • Oil-based paints
  • Paint thinners / strippers / removers
  • Pesticides / Insecticides
  • Pool chemicals
  • Rechargeable batteries
  • Stains
  • Thermometers
  • Thermostats
  • Vehicle batteries

Latex Paint
Thousands of tax dollars are spent each year disposing of latex paint as hazardous when, in fact, it is not hazardous. All residual and leftover latex paint must be hardened or dried. For small quantities, remove the lid from the can and let the paint dry. For larger quantities, you may need to use a bulking or drying agent such as paint hardener, mulch, kitty litter, etc. When the paint is dry and hard, you may place it in a trash bag for disposal.

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