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Household Hazardous Waste

Household Hazardous Waste

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Management of Liquid Paint

The Authority would like to inform everyone on the proper disposal and management of household paints. However we will not be accepting household paints. Therefore we would like to inform everyone on the proper disposal and management of household paints.

  • When storing paint, make sure lids are on tight. Label the top of each can with the color name and date purchased.

  • Do not pour paint down household drains. Many of the chemicals in paint will not be treated by sewage treatment systems or septic systems.

  • Do not throw liquid paint in the trash. There is always the possibility that the paint will be released from the can. The paint could be exposed to certain chemicals and cause spontaneous combustion.

  • Solidify first, then dispose of paint. Paint may be hazardous in its liquid form. If only a small amount of paint is left, simply remove the lid (outside, with good ventilation) and let dry. Then the can may be put out for trash disposal. If recycling of the can is available, remove the dried paint from the can and then place with metal cans. If you have more than which would dry, there are various ways to dry paint :

    • Add clay-based kitty litter, newspaper, or similar material to the paint and let dry. Then dispose of this dried mixture with your trash.

    • Some local hardware and paint stores carry a paint solidifier. Simply purchase, follow directions and when paint is dried, put out for trash collection.


Antifreeze Recycling

The Clinton County Solid Waste Authority's recycling facility in McElhattan will be accepting antifreeze for recycling. This service is restricted to Clinton County "do-it-yourselfers" and is not intended for service stations, garages, etc.

We would like to stress that antifreeze is a highly toxic substance that contains heavy metals such as lead, cadmium and chromium in high enough levels to be considered a hazardous waste and therefore should not be disposed of in the garbage, sewer systems, storm drains, ditches or septic systems. Antifreeze is also highly toxic to people, pets and wildlife. Disposing of antifreeze in the wrong way can result in fines up to $25,000.

So we are asking you to do the right thing for the environment and recycle your used antifreeze. Uncontaminated antifreeze, i.e., cannot be mixed with oil or similar substance, can be dropped off in sturdy plastic containers at the Authority's recycling center at 337 Pine Mountain Road in McElhattan during normal business hours, M-F 7:00 to 4:00, Sat 7:00 to Noon. For questions about our new antifreeze recycling program please feel free to contact us.


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