HHW Disposal Recommendations

Latex Paint

Latex paints can be left to dry by removing the lid and allowing the leftover product to dry. This should be done in an area which is away from children and animals. Allow the remaining paint to dry completely. The container can then be disposed of in your household trash. Leave the lid off the can so that your household refuse hauler can see that the paint is hardened.

To speed the drying process, mix "Waste Paint Hardener" into the can allow it to solidify. Place can and solidified contents out for regular trash with lid open. "Waste Paint Hardener" may be purchased at Rolliers Hardware on Washington Road.

Solvent-Based Paints

Special disposal practices are required for solvent-based paints (also known as alkyd or oil-based). Solvent-based paints are ignitable and present particular hazards. These products should not be disposed of down storm sewers, household drains or on the ground. solvent-based paints should be disposed of as a household hazardous waste. Hold for a "Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day."

Paint Products

Paint thinners, turpentine, mineral spirits and solvents should not be poured down a drain or storm sewer. With a few simple steps, you can reuse these types of products. Let used turpentine or brush cleaners sit in a closed container until the paint particle settle out, then pour off the clear liquid which can be reused. Add an absorbent (i.e. cat litter) to the remaining residue and let it dry completely.

Aerosol Cans

To dispose of aerosol cans proceed as follows: place wadded newspaper in a cardboard box to absorb expelled contents. Without shaking the can hold it upside down and aim the discharge onto the newspaper. After all the propellant has been discharged dispose of the can and paper with the regular trash.

Old Propane Tanks

If cylinder is empty remove the valve and dispose of both with regular trash. If the tank still contains propane contact the fire department for specific advice.


Household needles / syringes can be placed in a heavy-duty container (coffee can, laundry detergent bottle, etc.), sealed and secured with tape. However, a special "sharps" container is preferred. Sharps containers are available from St. Clair Health. The container and contents can be taken to the Housekeeping Dept. at St. Clair Hospital for proper disposal.