Saturday, September 22, 2018

Do not place any hazardous materials in with garbage. Call the Fairfield County Recycling & Litter Prevention office at (740) 681-4423 for disposal options, or see below.

Residents of Fairfield County may check out the listing of disposal sites

Please spread the word that once paint is solidified, it is no longer harmful to the environment!  When paint is hardened it can be placed in your normal trash disposal.  Only when it is liquid does it pose a threat of contaminating soil and ground water. Paint can be hardened, and then disposed with regular trash.  Products like sand, kitty litter, sawdust, or even a commercially available paint hardener can be used to speed up the process. Dry out latex paint in a well ventilated area by mixing it with kitty litter, paint hardener, etc.  When the paint has dried, put the can in the regular garbage with the lid off.  Do not put oil-based paint in the garbage.

Please remember that you can recycle motor oil, antifreeze and car batteries year-round. Click here for additional resources to dispose of these type of items. (Please call to confirm hours, acceptance policy, and other information.)

For a list of safer substitutes to hazardous household products please see the Guide to Non-Toxic Products Below 

Guide to Non-Toxic Products

The following is a list of safer substitutes to hazardous household products. Generally, these substitutes can be bought in grocery stores.

 Toxic Product  Non-Toxic Alternative
 Aerosol Spray  Non-aerosol, pump-type spray
 Ant Control  Cream of tartar or red chili pepper in their path
 Aphid Killer  Soap and water spray
 Bathroom Cleaner  Borax, vinegar, and water
 Bug Spray  Screens on windows and doors
 Chemical (Synthetic) Fertilizers  Slow release/organic fertilizer
 Copper Cleaners  Pour vinegar and salt over copper and rub
 Deodorizers/Air Fresheners  Simmer cinnamon and cloves
 Drain Openers  Plunger or a plumber's snake
 Flea Repellant  Use a flea comb on pet
 Floor Cleaner  Vinegar and water
 Furniture Polish  Olive and almond oil
 Glass and Window Cleaner  Vinegar and water
 Laundry Detergent  Liquid detergents or soaps with low or no phosphates
 Oil- or Solvent-Based Paint  Water-based or latex paints
 Oven Cleaner  Baking soda and water or automatic cleaner
 Rat Poison  Mechanical-snap or non-snap traps
 Rug and Upholstery Cleaner  Club soda for spills
 Scouring Powder  Baking soda
 Snail/Slug Bait  Surround plants with copper band barrier or beer traps
 Toilet Bowl Cleaner  Borax or baking soda
 Weed Killer  Hand pull, long handled weed puller, pour boiling water on them if between cracks in the sidewalk. Can use newer propane burning techniques

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