Household Hazardous Waste Information

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What is Household Hazardous Waste?



IDENTIFY POTENTIAL HAZARDOUS WASTE,
look for the following warnings on labels:

 WARNING CAUTION 

  • DANGER!
  • Flammable
  • Volatile
  • Contains Phosphates
  • Toxic
  • Harmful if Swallowed
  • Reactive
  • Corrosive
  • Poison
  • Skin Irritant
  • Eye Irritant
  • Do Not Mix
  • Wear Rubber Gloves


REDUCE or eliminate excess chemical household hazardous waste, and dispose of correctly:


Use it up:  Follow label directions carefully. If you can’t use it up, check with neighbors, friends, or community organizations (high school drama or art department!) to see if they can use it.

Buy only what is needed: Avoid over- purchasing with the thought it can be used later.

Uses environmentally safe products:  Use latex paints instead of oil-based paints. Look for products that say: Environmentally safe, Biodegradable, Contains no phosphorus, Non-toxic, Non-corrosive.

Always store in a cool dry place:  Between collection events or trips to the recycle center, keep all hazardous products in original containers with lids fastened securely. Do not mix, combine, or consolidate them.

Recycle or take to collection site: Never throw hazardous products away with your regular trash.  The Home Chemical Collection Center accepts household hazardous Waste from Richardson Residents.

NOTE:  Motor oil, brake and transmission fluid, antifreeze, and car batteries can be recycled at most auto service facilities or auto parts stores.


Electronics:


The Home Chemical Collection Center is able to accept SMALL household electronics (laptops, cell phones, etc.) 

Other electronics (TV's, microwaves and such) can be dropped off during a RCPAAA collection event

NOTE: You CAN use the bulky item collection for electronics, just call to request a bulky item collection: 972-744-4111.

 Printable FAQ sheet

PAINT

 
The easiest way to deal with left over paint is to not have any!
The best way to not have leftover paint is to buy the right amount, try this handy paint estimator:

HANDY PAINT ESTIMATOR 

However, when you do have left over paint, try some of the following tips:

Save excess paint for touchups—take a sheet of plastic wrap, place it over the opening of the paint can. Secure the lid on top of the plastic wrap, tapping the top with a hammer (cover the lid with a cloth). Store the can of paint upside down and protected from extremes in temperature. This will ensure that the paint will be usable the next time you want to use it.

Use it up!

  • Save excess paint for touchups—take a sheet of plastic wrap, place it over the opening of the paint can. Secure the lid on top of the plastic wrap, tapping the top with a hammer (cover the lid with a cloth). Store the can of paint upside down and protected from extremes in temperature. This will ensure that the paint will be usable the next time you want to use it.
  • Give excess paint to a relative, neighbor, neighborhood group, school, church, handi-crafter, or theater group for use.
  • Paint an old board or inside of the garage.
  • Double coat your project!

Dry it up!

  • Latex (water based) paint can be disposed of in your regular trash IF it has been thoroughly dried & hardened!
  • Pour layers of paint into a shallow box lined with plastic, letting the layers dry in between. When all layers are dried, place box in trash.
  • If a can is 1/3 full or less, let the paint air dry in the can. Adding absorbent material, such as kitty litter, will help speed up the drying process.

Dispose of it!

Enamel (oil based) paint must be disposed of properly. Please call the Dallas Area Household Hazardous Waste Network, 214-553-1765 for information regarding local collection events & the Home Chemical Collection Center located in Dallas.

For information on RECYCLING, please contact the City of Richardson recycling coordinator at 972-744-4410 or 972-744-4111.