Household Hazardous Waste
What do I do with Household Hazardous Waste (paint, oil, cleaners, etc.)?
While limited, there are ways to safely dispose of household hazardous waste (HHW) items – those labeled “toxic”, “poison”, “corrosive”, “flammable”, or “combustible”, etc.
- The Center for Hard to Recycle Materials (CHARM), an Atlanta-based organization, accepts many HHW items for a nominal fee: https://livethrive.org/
- Earth 911 has a search engine that provides recycling and disposal resources based on your search criteria (e.g. “paint” or “insecticide”): https://search.earth911.com/
- The U.S. EPA has a webpage dedicated to HHW that includes methods for reducing it and safely managing it: https://www.epa.gov/hw/household-hazardous-waste-hhw
- Georgia’s EPD has a similar page that includes information on how to dispose of paint by solidification and other liquids through evaporation: https://epd.georgia.gov/land-protection-branch/hazardous-waste/household-hazardous-waste
We ask that you please utilize these and any other resources you can find when looking to dispose of HHW. PLEASE do not pour them down the drain, into the ground/water sources, or dump them into your regular trash!