FAQ

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How does one dispose of LATEX PAINT?

Latex paint is water-based and can safely be disposed of in your household trash once it has been solidified. One of the easiest ways to solidify the paint is to mix kitty litter with the paint and leave the lid off until the mixture hardens. Then it can be placed in your trash and is ready for the landfill.

 

How does one dispose of OIL-BASED PAINT?

Oil-based paints, varnishes, stains and other similar chemicals cannot be disposed of with normal trash. It should be brought to one of the Solid Waste District’s Tox Away Days.

What is the proper way to dispose of HOUSEHOLD BATTERIES?

In the mid 1990s regulations were enacted that significantly reduced or eliminated the amount of mercury used in the production of alkaline batteries. As a result alkaline batteries are safe for disposal in your trash. Rechargeable and button batteries are not safe for disposal in the landfill.  Among their components are Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cd), Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH) Lithium Ion (Li-ion) and small sealed lead (Pb). You will want to find a local retailer that accepts these types of batteries.

How does one recycle used MOTOR OIL?

One gallon of motor oil is capable of polluting one million gallons of drinking water. Proper disposal is critical. Most auto service centers will accept up to 5 gallons of used oil per visit. And we accept motor oil at our Tox Away Event.

Is wrapping paper recyclable?

In general, wrapping paper is not recyclable. Often the ink used isn’t simply on the paper’s surface. Many time the paper is “beater dyed” which means the color is actually in the pulp of the paper. The de-inking process used recycle most other types of paper is not effective at removing ink from “beater dyed” paper. 

How can I dispose of a TELEVISION or other ELECTRONICS?

Vigo County Solid Waste has periodic E Waste Days. Please watch the calendar on the website for the next event. At this time a tv will cost $20 to dispose of while other electronics such as computer monitors, stereos, cell phones, speakers and radios are accepted at no cost.

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