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Household Hazardous Waste
What Is Household Hazardous Waste?
The home contributes significantly to pollution by introducing common household products into our environment. The average American home generates 15 pounds of household hazardous waste each year. Do your part to help save the environment by bringing your hazardous products to the Household Hazardous Waste Event. 

The next Household Hazardous Waste Event is scheduled for 
October 8th, 2016 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
at the La Plata County Fairgrounds, 2500 Main Ave   

Typical household hazardous wastes include:
  • Automotive care products and fluids
  • Cleaning products
  • Expired medications
  • Fluorescent bulbs
  • Household batteries 
  • Insect / weed killers
  • Mercury thermometers and thermostats
  • Non-latex paints and solvents

If these products are disposed of improperly, they can find their way into our water supply, the air we breathe, or harm fish and other animals.

Prohibited items: Latex-based paint, explosives, and electronics. Latex-based paint can be recycled at paint retailers around town. The Recycle Center collects electronics every Saturday. 

Commercial Hazardous Waste Collection Event will be held on 
October 7th, 2016

Properties of Hazardous Materials
Products are considered hazardous if they have one or more of these properties:
  • Corrosive - A chemical, or its vapors, that can cause deterioration or irreversible alteration in body tissues at the site of contact, and deteriorate or wear away the surface of a material
  • Flammable - Can be ignited under almost all temperature conditions
  • Irritant - Causes soreness or inflammation of the skin, eyes, mucous membranes or respiratory system
  • Toxic - May cause injury, disease, or death upon ingestion, absorption, or inhalation

Every time you buy a household product, ask yourself the following questions:
  • Do I really need to use this?
    • Check the ingredients of products you will bring into your home before you purchase them. Is there a less toxic alternative available that will do the job?
  • How much do I really need?
    • If you must buy a product containing a hazardous substance, buy only the amount you will use. Safely store products in their original containers and labels at all times; keep out of reach of children and pets.
  • How will I recycle or dispose of this when I am finished?
    • Before you buy it, think of how you will recycle or dispose of the product, if you have any left over.

Latex Paint Recycling

Colorado’s Paint Stewardship Law benefits household hazardous waste programs. A new law passed in June 2014 requires paint manufacturers to establish a paint stewardship program in Colorado. Household hazardous waste (HHW) programs that participate can save money on paint management costs. Program funding comes from a “PaintCare Recovery Fee” applied to each container of architectural paint sold in Colorado when the program began on July 1, 2015. For more information visit: Colorado Paint Stewardship Program Fact Sheet.