HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE
Our November 7 Event was a massive success with 850+ residents dropping off their
herbicides, pesticides, paint, electronics, cleaners, gasoline, antifreeze, and other chemicals.
Stay tuned for details on our next Household Hazardous Waste Event in May.
Can't wait until May? See below for other disposal options.
What is Household Hazardous Waste?
Household hazardous waste is categorized as leftover household products that can be harmful if disposed of incorrectly. These products fall into 4 main categories:
1. Corrosive: it can damage human tissue.
2. Ignitable: it can catch fire.
3. Toxic: causes injury or death if it’s swallowed, inhaled or absorbed.
4. Reactive: it can cause an explosion.
Examples of common household hazardous waste include: paints, cleaners, oils, fuels, batteries, fluorescent or HID light bulbs, herbicides, and pesticides. Additionally, some electronics fall into this category as they contain materials such as lead, cadmium, beryllium, or brominated flame retardants.
Do you have these products at your home and can't make it to our Fall event? Please read on!
Other Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Options
The best option for household hazardous products is to find a use for them or donate them to someone who can use them. To prevent accumulation, try to determine how much material (paint, insecticides, etc.) the job will require and not purchase more than you will need or explore less-toxic product alternatives.
The most common DIY alternative for liquid household hazardous waste disposal is to “solidify or evaporate” it. Once in a solid or dry state, it can be placed with regular household trash for disposal. (see below for Solidification Instructions)
Here are a few additional options for specific items:
1. The Forsyth County Convenience Centers accept tires, electronics, paint, batteries, used motor oil, cooking oil and anti- freeze - some fees apply.
2. Medication can be taken to the North or South Precinct of the Forsyth County Sherriff’s Office.
3. Old fire extinguishers can be used to hold a hands-on fire safety demonstration. Many people have never used a fire extinguisher and knowing what to expect can be very helpful in the case of a real emergency.
4. Batteries Plus stores accept light bulbs and batteries – a fee may apply.
For a complete list of household hazardous waste and other items accepted at the Forsyth County Convenience Centers, click here.
1. Work outside, safe from access by children or animals. Wear rubber gloves and eye protection.
2. Sawdust, shredded newspaper, kitty litter, rags or Oil Dri can be used as an absorbent.
3. Double-line a garbage can or box with plastic garbage bags, add some of the material you have chosen as an absorbent and then add some of the liquid waste.
* For gasoline and other corrosive chemicals you will need to use a more rigid container (preferably metal) and do not line with trash bags. Aluminum roasting pans work well.
4. Gently stir and alternate adding liquid and absorbent until all of the liquid is absorbed.
5. If possible leave the bag open outside in the sun to completely dry the material.
6. When the material is solidified, tie up the bag and it can then go into the regular trash.
7. Be sure not to get the bag so heavy that you can’t handle it or that it ruptures.
8. If you leave the chemical in its original container for disposal, leave the lid off to show that it is solidified. Most waste companies will not take closed paint cans.