HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE
HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE?
Unused household products containing corrosive, toxic, ignitable, or reactive ingredients are considered Household Hazardous Waste (HHW). Cleaners, paints, batteries, oils, and pesticides that contain potentially hazardous ingredients require special handling and care when dispose of.
Improperly disposing of HHW can include pouring harmful liquids on the ground, down the drain, into storm sewers, or in some cases putting the materials the trash. Improper disposal of such waste can pollute the environment and pose a threat to the health of humans and wildlife.
HOW TO DISPOSE OF HAZARDOUS WASTE
MATERIAL GENERATED BY A HOUSEHOLD
The following items do not need to be brought to the hazardous waste facility for disposal or recycling:
Please DO NOT bring latex paint to the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility! Latex paint does not contain hazardous materials. It is pigment and water. Please dispose of latex paint at home if your container holds half or less of the original volume. First, remove the top of the can and allow the paint to dry out, or mix with sawdust or cat litter to solidify the paint before disposal in your regular household trash. Leave the lid off and discard the container in the garbage. Your garbage hauler will accept these only if the lid is removed. If you are unable to dry out a mostly full container, we will accept it at the facility.
All types of empty containers with removable lids may be disposed of in your household trash. Remove lid, rinse per label directions, and discard container in the garbage.
HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION PROGRAM
BENTON COUNTY HOUSEHOLDS may dispose of allowed common Household Hazardous Waste materials at the Convenience Center Locations AT NO CHARGE. Only specified materials generated by a Benton County residence will be accepted. Refer to the very strict limitations of material types and allowed volumes. (Please Note: You will be required to provide proof of Benton County residency (Driver's license, ID card, or utility bill).
THINGS TO REMEMBER
DO NOT MIX THE CONTENTS of different or unknown containers together.
CITIZENS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO EXIT THEIR VEHICLES.
This is for your safety and the safety of staff members.
Please anticipate this and have material available where our staff can remove it from the vehicle
COMMERCIALLY GENERATED MATERIAL CANNOT BE ACCEPTED!
All non-household material (from business, school, farm, churches, etc.) MUST be handled by a commercial hazardous waste company.
HOW TO TRANSPORT HOUSEHOLD CHEMICALS SAFELY
Bring products in their original containers, if possible
Be sure that products are packed in a sturdy box or tote so they will not spill in your vehicle. Surround them with an absorbent such as old towels or cloth or newspaper.
If the product container is deteriorating, place the entire container in a plastic bucket with a tight-fitting lid. Do not remove the label. Surround the product container with an absorbent.
If you have to repackage material from a corroding container into a new container, include an original label or clearly label the product
Transport the materials in your automobile trunk or truck bed, if possible. If you must transport the products inside your vehicle, open windows for ventilation, and do not smoke.