Household Hazardous Waste
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, all HHW scheduled collections are canceled until further notice. Also, we will not be taking any HHW appointments at this time.**
This service is FREE to Barton, Ellsworth and Pawnee County RESIDENTS ONLY.
**No waste will be accepted outside of these counties.**
BUSINESS & FARM WASTE IS PROHIBITED!
NO CONTAINERS LARGER THAN 5 GALLONS ACCEPTED.
Household Hazardous Waste Includes:
Household / Cleaning Products
Abrasive Cleaners / Powders
Floor & Furniture Cleaners
Household Batteries (Lithium and Rechargeable)**
Pool Chemicals Toilet Cleaners Smoke Detectors
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
Stains / Finishes
Garden / Pest Control Products
Arsenicals (contain Lead Arsenic)
Botanicals (made of Plants)
Carbamates Chlorinated Hydrocarbons
Roach and Ant Killers
Rat and Mice Poisons
Flea Collars and Sprays
What Not To Bring
Commercial / Business or Farm Waste
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.
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.
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.