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Household Hazardous Waste Disposal

Whether you’re getting rid of old batteries or removing automotive fluids from your property, you need responsible solutions for disposing of your household hazardous waste. Not all household waste can be disposed of in the garbage with your regular trash. There are some products and materials that must be handled differently. 

As one of the most experienced and knowledgeable waste management companies in the industry, Rumpke feels it’s our responsibility to ensure homeowners understand the best methods for hazardous trash removal

The Most Common Types of Household Hazardous Waste

  • Pool Chemicals
  • Toilet bowl cleaners
  • Shower & tile sprays
  • Carpet cleaners
  • Rust removers
  • Grease removers
  • Wood & metal cleaners
  • Nail polish & removers
  • Oven cleaners
  • Drain cleaners

Liquids and solvents such as toilet bowl cleaner, shower and tile spray, carpet cleaner and rust remover are considered household hazardous waste, and not accepted in Rumpke’s programs.

Contact your local solid waste district for disposal options.  

Lithium-Ion batteries should not be discarded in your regular recycling or trash. These batteries are highly combustible and can pose serious danger to waste and recycling workers as well as the motoring public.

Please contact your local solid waste district to learn about proper disposal procedures in your area.

  • Antifreeze
  • Motor oil
  • Oil filters
  • Gasoline
  • Polish & waxes
  • Fuel injection & carburetor cleaners

Auto fluids, including antifreeze, fluids, motor oil, oil filters, gasoline, polish and waxes also fall into the category of household hazardous waste and can’t be disposed of through Rumpke garbage.

Please contact your local solid waste district for disposal options in your area. 

  • Paints
  • Paint thinners

Oil-based paints are classified as household hazardous waste and must be disposed accordingly. Contact your solid waste district for disposal option.

Latex based paint is accepted curbside if it is solidified by adding cat litter or shredded newspaper.

Contact the solid waste district to learn how to dispose of wood sealant and wood stains.

  • Pesticides
  • Herbicides
  • Fertilizer
  • Insecticides
  • Fungicides
  • Wood preservatives

Pesticides, herbicides, fertilizer and insecticides are household hazardous waste and must be disposed of accordingly.

Check with your local solid waste district to learn about the yard waste disposal options in your area. 

There are a variety of other objects that are best left out of the garbage. These items include, but are not limited to:

  • CFL light bulbs & fluorescent lights
  • Batteries
  • Medical sharps i.e. syringes and needles (can be disposed of in the garbage if placed in a rigid plastic container, taped shut and clearly labeled sharps)
  • Propane tanks
  • Swimming pool chemicals
  • Thermostats 
  • Thermometers
  • Asbestos
  • Adhesives
  • Cosmetics
  • Rat poison
  • Lighter Fluids

Hazardous Waste Tips

Contact your local solid waste district for disposal options. Most solid waste districts have collection days where residents can dispose of hazardous waste properly.

If a label says the item is “dangerous” or “poisonous”, then this is an indication of a hazardous waste. These labels are often found on household cleaners.

When throwing something away, ask yourself the question, “Could this be something hazardous?"

New customers to Rumpke receive service guidelines that outline basic hazardous materials (car batteries, tires, combustible items) that shouldn’t be thrown away.

As far as recycling goes, Rumpke also has a list of acceptable items and includes a list on the reverse side of all Rumpke invoices.

Hazardous Waste Disposal FAQ

Contact your solid waste district for local options for disposing of household hazardous waste like yard treatments, wood stains and cleaning supplies. 

  • Use fewer hazardous waste materials by opting for more natural products. Once cleaned, packaging for natural materials can safely be processed through the Rumpke recycling program.
  • Try to use fewer single-use products and opt for reusable items, like rechargeable batteries. 
  • Look for ways to reuse products as much as possible, rather than throwing them into your trash bin. Check local websites or social media pages to see if you can donate certain materials or products rather than tossing them completely.
  • Identify which items are acceptable for recycling. Choose to use products and packaging that’s easily recycled to limit waste. 

Trust Rumpke for Non-Hazardous Waste Removal & Recycling

In addition to non-hazardous trash removal, Rumpke offers single-stream recycling service to make it easy for residential and commercial businesses to optimize their waste management.

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