LETS TALK ABOUT LATEX PAINT:
Latex paint WILL BE accepted at the Household Hazardous Waste Day. However, unlike oil based paints that contain solvents and must be cleaned up with mineral spirits or other solvents, latex paint contains water and the instructions recommend clean up with water.
In order to properly dispose of latex paint, use the following paint-drying techniques:
For small amounts of latex paint:
Remove the lid and let the paint dry in the can. Stir the paint occasionally for speed drying; or
Brush paint in layers on newspaper or cardboard. When dry, place in trash.
For larger amounts of latex paint:
Pour one-inch layers of paint into a cardboard box lined with plastic. Allow the paint to dry one layer at a time; thin layers will speed up the drying process; or
Mix paint with cat litter, sawdust or sand in a cardboard box lined with plastic and let dry then place in trash.
Used motor and transmission oil and residential oil filters may be taken to the District Recycling Center during regular business hours (Mon. - Sat., 7AM to 4PM) and left with the attendant for recycling.
"Do it yourself" auto mechanics who change their own motor oil produce 120 million gallons of recoverable oil each year. Remember that one quart of oil soaked into the ground can pollute one million gallons of groundwater.
WHY SHOULD I BE CONCERNED ABOUT HAZARDOUS WASTE?
Many of the common products we use daily in our kitchen, bath, yard garage and basement pose a hazard if handled and/or disposed of improperly. Many of these household cleaning products contain hazardous chemicals which are toxic to the user and to the environment.
It is estimated that the average American household has three to ten gallons of unwanted hazardous chemicals in the garage, basement, shed and kitchen. Household toxins can cause respiratory problems, burns, poisoning, nausea, headaches and dizziness. They can be harmful if swallowed, absorbed through the skin, or by the inhalation of vapors.
Contamination of our water and natural resources is a very real threat from the improper disposal of ALL household hazardous wastes. Toxics that are rinsed down the drain enter into municipal treatment plants or leach fields which are incapable of handling these products. The result is the eventual contamination of our water supplies with disastrous consequences.
DO NOT POUR HAZARDOUS WASTES DOWN THE DRAIN, ON THE GROUND OR INTO A POND, RIVER OR LAKE; DO NOT BURN THEM; DO NOT BURY THEM AND DO NOT PUT THEM IN THE TRASH...BRING THEM TO THE ANNUAL AVRRDD HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION!