Where To Get Rid Of Unwanted Paints, Oils, and Other Toxic Products In your Home

Posted by Ben Thompson on 11.17.09

Kent County's Household Hazardous Waste Program
If you're a resident of Kent County, you can participate in the Household Hazardous Waste Program by setting up an appointment to bring material in during the week to one of the 4 centers, or by coming to one of the Saturday collection events listed below. No appointment is required for Saturday events. Be sure to review the list of acceptable items below before coming and note that latex paint, medical waste, pharmaceuticals, refillable propane tanks, ammunition and fireworks will not be accepted.

What is Hazardous Waste?

A product is considered hazardous if it has one or more of the following properties:

  • Toxic - poisonous or lethal when ingested, touched or inhaled;
  • Flammable - ignitable and burns easily;
  • Corrosive - eats through materials & living tissue; or
  • Reactive - can possibly explode or react with other chemicals.
  1. Wear protective gloves when handling hazardous materials.
  2. Make sure all containers have lids and are securely closed. Do not transport open or leaking containers.
  3. Place any material in a leaking container in a secure, labeled container.
  4. If the material is not in the original container, label the current container with the product name or ingredient and make sure the container is safe for transport. Be sure to notify the Kent County staff person of unlabeled or mis-marked containers.
  5. Do not mix different chemicals together.
  6. Place material upright in a box or boxes with a good bottom - do not place material in garbage bags or loose in your vehicle.
  7. Place the box of material on the floor or in the trunk of your vehicle.
  8. Do not place near children or pets while transporting the material to the collection!

If you have a substance that  cannot be accepted see ther online household waste guide for other options on how to dispose of it.

Materials that CAN be accepted

Automotive Products
  • Antifreeze
  • Gasoline and other fuel
  • Carburetor cleaner
  • Motor Oil
  • Fuel Additive
  • Starter fluid
  • Transmission and brake fluid
  • Wax & Cleaner
  • Other automotive fluids
Cleaning Products
  • Bleach (laundry)
  • Degreaser & Spot Remover
  • Drain cleaner
  • Oven cleaner
  • Polish & Wax
  • Toilet & drain cleaner
  • Tub, tile, shower cleaner
  • Wood and metal cleaners and polish
  • Ammonia
  • Other household cleaners
Indoor Pesticides
  • Insect spray
  • Houseplant fertilizer
  • Moth repellent
  • Mouse and rat poisons and baits
  • Other pesticides & fertilizers
Lawn and Garden Products
  • Fertilizer
  • Fungicide
  • Herbicide
  • Insecticide
  • Pesticide
  • Wood Preservative
  • Ant dust
  • Mosquito spray
  • Other lawn & garden products
Workshop /Painting Supplies
  • Oil-based paint & stain
  • Adhesive, caulking & glue
  • Deck, patio & chimney cleaner
  • Furniture stripper
  • Paint stripper and remover
  • Solvent cleaning fluid
  • Roof coating, sealant
  • Thinner and turpentine
Other Flammable Products
  • Diesel fuel
  • Gas/oil mix
  • Home heating oil (in manageable quantities)
  • Kerosene
  • Lighter fluid
  • Propane tanks (small, non-refillable tanks only)
  • White gas
  • Other flammable products

Materials that CANNOT be accepted

More info on the Kent County Hazardwous Waste Disposal System

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