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What is Household Hazardous Waste?

They are household products or chemicals, which can cause injury or are harmful if not used, stored, or disposed of properly.  Key words found on hazardous products include poison, danger, warning, toxic, flammable, corrosive, explosive, or irritant.

 

Why can't I just throw HHW away with the trash?

HHW pose a threat to people (particularly children, refuse workers, and fireman) pets, and our environment.  Soil and water pollution can result from improper disposal of HHW.

 

 

*In an attempt to protect our valued customers and staff, the Barton County Household Hazardous Waste Facility will be closed, begining November 9th 2020 until our first scheduled spring collection in 2021. 

We will not be taking any appointments at this time. 

We apologize for any inconvenience.*

 

 

Household Hazardous Waste Includes:

Household / Cleaning Products  
Abrasive Cleaners / Powders 
Bleach Cleaners 
Disinfectants 
Floor & Furniture Cleaners 
Household Batteries (Lithium and Rechargeable)** 
Mothballs 
Oven Cleaners 
Photographic Chemicals 
Pool Chemicals                                                                                                                                                                                                         Toilet Cleaners                                                                                                                                                            
Rug & Upholstery Cleaners                                                                                                                                                                          Thermostats/Thermometers                                                                                                                                                                          

**Alkaline Batteries can be put in with regular household trash.

Paint / Finishing Products
Enamel or Oil Based Paints 
Latex or Water Based Paints 
Thinners and Turpentine 
Furniture Strippers 
Wood Preservatives 
Stains / Finishes

Automotive Products
Antifreeze 
Transmission Fluids 
Brake Fluids 
Waste Oils 
Batteries 
Fuels

Garden / Pest Control Products  
Pesticides, Insecticides 
Fungicides 
Herbicides 
Arsenicals (contain Lead Arsenic) 
Botanicals (made of Plants) 
Carbamates                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Chlorinated Hydrocarbons 
Organo-Phosphates 
Roach and Ant Killers 
Rat and Mice Poisons
Flea Collars and Sprays

What Not To Bring
Commercial / Business or Farm Waste                                                                            
Infectious Waste 
Radioactive Waste 
Laboratory Chemicals 
Asbestos 
Explosives
Empty or Dry Containers** 

**Dried out and empty containers can be disposed of with your regular trash.                                            

 

Please do not bring empty cans to the collection site.

 

Have Latex Paint to Dispose of?  You can dispose of LATEX PAINT at home by following these simple steps:
•    Open the can to let the paint dry completely.  Adding cat litter speeds up the process.
•    Once the paint is completely dry, you may dispose of the lid and the can as two items separately (not closed) with your regular household trash (not recycle bin).
 

 

Before Bringing Products to the Collection Site:

*Check containers - make sure lids are tight.

*Unlabeled containers should be written on with a marker pen as to what the contents consists of that are inside each container.

*Pack each toxic waste in a sturdy container, such as a tub or box.  Line the bottom and pack sides with newspaper or other absorbent material.

*Wrap leaking or dirty individual containers in clear plastic bags and pack each item in a larger container with absorbent material such as "kitty litter" to soak up leaks.

*Transport materials in your automobile trunk, rear of station wagon or truck bed.

 

Reuse Facility

The Barton County Landfill has a HHW Reuse facility where customers can pick up FREE products that still have useful characteristics.  Such items may include: Paint, household cleaners, automotive cleaners, pet cleaning supplies, wallpaper stripper, deck stripper, plant food, grass fertilizer and more.  All products are free and can be picked up during scheduled drop-off collections or Monday – Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (closed through lunch, 11:30 am to 1:00 pm).  Customers must sign a waiver of liability for the products.    

 

 

HHW Flyer

 

Fact: The average household contains between three and ten gallons of materials that are hazardous to human health or to the natural environment.  Collectively, these can poison our water if they are not stored carefully and disposed of properly.

To reduce the disposal of hazardous materials:

*Avoid buying hazardous products.  Use safer alternatives and read labels.

*Only buy what you need.

*Use it up, unless the product is banned.

*Share it with a neighbor, church group, community service organization.

If alternatives aren't feasible, properly dispose or save product for a household hazardous materials collection day.