Household Hazardous Waste
Improper disposal of household waste can cause problems for the entire community. Collectively, these materials can contaminate our water supply and the air we breathe if they’re not managed safely.
The following suggestions can help reduce the amount of hazardous waste requiring disposal:
- Read the labels on every product and ensure it is suitable for the intended purpose. Once it is purchased, you are responsible for disposing of it safely.
- Buy only as much as you need.
- Read and follow the directions on how to use the product and dispose of the container.
- Use safer substitutes whenever possible.
- Donate unused solvents, paints and other items to a local charity.
Dried household paint will be accepted as part of household garbage. Let it dry completely, or add kitty litter, sand, or cement to help absorb and dry the paint. Place it with household garbage for pickup with the lid removed. NEVER PLACE LIQUID PAINT IN THE GARBAGE ROLL CART! Good latex (acrylic) paint in sealed containers may be delivered to either of our two drop-off centers for recycling. Oil-based paints will not be accepted for recycling and must be managed as a hazardous waste.
Residential Electronics Waste
Computers, monitors, printers, fax machines, TV’s, VCR’s, and many other electrical devices typically used in the home should be recycled. Some of these items may not be disposed of in a landfill. Residents of Richland County may recycle electronic waste by taking these items to the County’s Lower Richland Drop-Off Center (10531 Garners Ferry Road) or to the County Landfill Drop-Off Center at 1070 Caughman Road North off Highway 215 six and a half miles north of I-20.
Contact your local doctor’s office, pharmacy, or hospital to find out more information on where to dispose of medical waste, including needles.