Latex paint is considered non-hazardous by EPA standards, but you cannot throw it in the trash if it is still in a liquid form. Instead, bring it to the HHW facility and we will recycle it for its intended use. Latex paint that is hard or has dried up in the container may be disposed of in the trash.
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The following are examples of the types of waste that you may bring to the HHW facility for disposal or recycling: Paints of all kinds including both latex and oil base, all pesticides including herbicides and insecticides, lacquers, thinners, stains, paint removers and adhesives, used motor oil and oil filters, household cleaners, spot and stain removers, fertilizers, waxes and polishes, all batteries including household and car batteries (excluding car batteries for electric cars), gas, solvents and antifreeze, florescent light bulbs, aerosols, old prescriptions (no controlled medicines, nor sharps accepted) Miscellaneous: roofing tar, sealers, photo chemicals, pool chemicals, mercury and smoke detectors
Well, we always seem to have plenty of paint and stains -- and sometimes we have… Sunscreen -- Shoe Cleaner – Bug Spray -- Oven Cleaner -- and all kinds of goodies!! Just stop out whenever you’d like, as you never know what you might come across that you can use. Sometimes the shelves aren’t so full, and sometimes they are packed: Just depends on what the public brings to us that can be safely put out on the reuse shelf! We do ask that people limit themselves to 5 items per visit so there is plenty of free stuff to go around!
Although Riley County is the host county for the Big Lakes Regional Household Hazardous Waste Program, we ask that you take household hazardous waste to your home county. They are staffed to support you, where we are staffed to receive HHW from Riley County residents only. We support other counties within our region by picking up their materials once they have prepared them for us to take for disposal.
The eleven counties we serve are: Clay, Dickinson, Geary, Marion, Marshall, Morris, Nemaha, Pottawatomie, Riley, Wabaunsee and Washington counties.
Some of those counties do accept Business Waste as well, so we ask businesses to take it to your home county. However, if your county does not take business waste and are one of the eleven counties in our region, we can take business waste from you but must be pre-approved by your home county and our facility before we can accept any waste, as there will be a charge. Call us at 785-539-3202 with questions.
Yes, you may, as long as your business is a conditionally exempt small quantity generator (generates less than 55 lbs of hazardous waste per month) or a Kansas small quantity generator (generates 55 lbs or greater, but less than 220 lbs per month of hazardous waste). There will be a fee for disposal.