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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 4, 2014 from 8 AM - 1 PM 
at the La Plata County Fairgrounds, 2500 Main Ave, Durango, CO.   

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.

Household Event Pricing: 
Fits in a...
5 Gallon Container: $5
20 Gallon: $10
40 Gallon: $20
80 Gallon: $40
Full Pick-Up Bed: $120

Commercial Hazardous Waste Collection Event will be held on 
Friday, October 3rd from 2 PM - 5 PM
Call ahead for reserved times and pricing 
303-371-1100 x2
No commercial Quantities Accepted on Saturday 

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.


For small quantities of paint from a household only.

  • Waste household latex paint should be dried out so it can be disposed of by your trash disposal company. The paint must be dried out because landfills aren’t allowed to accept liquid wastes.


For less than a quarter-can: 

1. Remove the lid and let the paint dry outdoors in a well-ventilated area away from potential ignition sources, children and pets.

  • Periodic stirring may be necessary.

2. Once the paint's dry, leave the lid off of the can so your trash hauler can see the paint's dry and put it the trash.

For more than a quarter-can

1. Mix the paint with cat litter or other clay-based absorbent in a plastic tray, bucket or a box lined with a plastic trash bag until the absorbent is moist, but not dripping.

2. Set the mixture outdoors in a well-ventilated area away from potential ignition sources, children and pets.

3. Allow to dry.

  • If you have more paint, you can repeat this procedure in layers.

4. Wrap the dried absorbent in the trash bag and put it in your trash.

Some paint retailers sell a product specifically designed to dry paint in the can. Check with your local paint or hardware store.

  • Once dry, leave the lid off of the can so your trash hauler knows the paint is dry and place it in the trash.
  • Empty paint cans also can be placed in the trash.
  • Leave the lids off of the cans so your trash hauler can tell they’re empty and/or dried out.

Coming Next Year for 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 begins on July 1, 2015. For more information visit: Colorado Pain Stewardship Program Fact Sheet.