Hazardous Waste

Managing Hazardous Waste - Tackle Toxic Trash

Toxic trash consists of items that threaten our environment if not handled properly. The most preferable method for handling these items is to use them up entirely, or to share them with someone else who can. Avoid purchasing more of these materials than you can use. Please consider less toxic substitutes as well.

Links to other helpful resources are available at the bottom of this page.

The Clark County Recycling Center accepts household hazardous waste for $1.00 a pound whenever Specialty Recycling is offered. Specialty Recycling occurs every Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and the first Saturday of the month, 9 a.m. to noon, except on major holidays. For details on Specialty Recycling, click here. For details on what household hazardous wastes are accepted, see the "HHW Collection" section below.

Down the Drain

The following products can be poured down the drain safely with plenty of water (to dilute and protect skin and eyes). Always read labels to determine if a product will damage your septic system.

  • Alcohol-based lotions, aftershaves, perfumes, etc.
  • Aluminum cleaners
  • Ammonia-based cleaners
  • Bathroom cleaners
  • Bleach
  • Depilatories
  • Disinfectants
  • Drain cleaners
  • Hair permanent lotions / relaxers
  • Rust remover (phosphoric acid)
  • Toilet bowl cleaner
  • Trisodium phosphate (cleaner)
  • Tub and tile cleaners
  • Water-based glue
  • Window cleaners
  • Windshield washer fluid

Antifreeze can be safely disposed of in the same manner only if you are on a public sewer system. Antifreeze will damage and contaminate your septic system

In the Trash

The following products cannot be poured down the drain, but can be safely disposed in a sanitary landfill. Be certain the materials are properly packaged or processed before they are put out for collection.

  • Aerosol cans (can be recycled when empty)
  • Auto body repair products
  • Fertilizer (without herbicides)
  • Household batteries
  • Medicine (sealed in a plastic bag with coffee grounds, cat litter, or sawdust). See this flyer. for other options.
  • Oven cleaner (lye base)
  • Paint strippers (lye base)
  • Powdered cleansers
  • Shoe polish

HHW Collection

The following products are hazardous wastes that will be accepted on Specialty Recycling days. Keep these materials in their original containers.

  • Battery acid
  • Bug sprays
  • Car wax with solvent
  • Cutting oil
  • Floor care products
  • Fuel
  • Fungicides, herbicides, insecticides, rat poison, and weed killer
  • Furniture polish
  • Glue (solvent based)
  • Lighter fluid
  • Mercury
  • Metal polish with solvents
  • Mothballs
  • Photographic chemicals (mixed & properly diluted)
  • Swimming pool (hydrochloric) acid
  • Wood preservatives

Natural Alternatives to Hazardous Products

Hazardous Product

Safer 

Substitute

All purpose cleanerIn 1 quart warm water, mix 1 teaspoon liquid soap, borax, lemon juice, and/or white vinegar.
Glass cleanerMix 1 tablespoon vinegar or lemon juice in 1 quart water. Spray on & use newspaper to dry.
Drain cleanerPour boiling water down drain once weekly. Use a plunger or snake.
Oven cleanerClean spills as soon as the oven cools using steel wool & baking soda; for tough stains, add salt. (Do not use this method in self-cleaning or continuous clean ovens.)
Toilet bowl cleanerUse a toilet brush with baking soda or vinegar.
Furniture polishWipe with mixture of 1 teaspoon lemon oil in 1 pint mineral or vegetable oil.
Rug deodorizerSprinkle carpet liberally with baking soda. Wait 15 minutes then vacuum.
Plant sprayWipe leaves with mild soap & water, then rinse. Cleans plants and repels insects.
Roach & ant repellentSprinkle powdered boric acid in cabinet edges, around baseboards, and in cracks.
MothballsTry cedar chips, lavender, rosemary, mint, or white peppercorns.
Flea & tick repellentMix brewer’s yeast or garlic in your pets’ food; sprinkle fennel, rue, rosemary, or eucalyptus seeds or leaves around animal sleeping areas.
Lighter fluidFor charcoal barbeque starter, use dryer lint (it is extremely flammable). For campfires and fireplaces, stuff dryer lint into empty cardboard toilet paper roll.
BleachUse hydrogen peroxide to whiten clothing.

Other Resources

The Ohio EPA has a useful fact sheet about Household Hazardous Waste.

A Guide to Safe Management of Household Hazardous Waste:

http://www.epa.ohio.gov/portals/34/document/guidance/gd_623.pdf