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Household Hazardous Waste

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household hazardous waste

Leftover household products that contain corrosive, toxic or flammable ingredients are considered "household hazardous waste" or "HHW." Paints, cleaners, oils, batteries, pesticides and other common household items can contain potentially hazardous ingredients, so take special care when you dispose of these items.

Improper disposal of household hazardous wastes can include pouring them down the drain, on the ground, into storm sewers, or in some cases putting them out with the trash. Improper disposal of these wastes can pollute the environment and pose a threat to human health. Learn more about HHW >>>

What should I do with my household hazardous waste?

Please refer to the list below to learn how to dispose of HHW safely. If you have any questions about HHW disposal in Lexington, please contact LexCall at 311 or (859) 425-2255. Click here for a printable version of this list.

Aerosol Cans

Cans must be completely empty prior to disposal. Empty containers may be recycled in your Rosie.

Ammunition

Call the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) at (859) 219-4500.

Acids

Hold until a household hazardous waste collection day event such as the Spring Clean or Fall Haul.

Acetone

Hold until a household hazardous waste collection day event such as the Spring Clean or Fall Haul.

Antifreeze

If recycling is not feasible, the homeowner may dilute 2 parts water to 1 part antifreeze and discharge to the sanitary sewer. Dilute prior to discharging in the sewer. Please contact the Division of Water Quality at 425-2255 if you must dispose of 25 gallons or more.

Appliances

Please see the Division of Waste Management's appliance recycling page.

Asbestos

For information on asbestos, please visit the Kentucky Division for Air Quality's Asbestos Information page. Asbestos disposal can be arranged through M&M Sanitation at (859) 263-2000.

Batteries

"Button" batteries from hearing aids, watches, calculators, etc. can be taken at no charge to watch repair shops. 

Rechargeable batteries
are accepted for recycling in the Government Center lobby at 200 E. Main Street and at the Electronic Recycling Center at 1306 Versailles Road.

Alkaline batteries
can be disposed of in your Herbie trash container.

Lead acid batteries
must be recycled, not disposed of in the trash. Spent batteries should be returned to the supplier or to one of the following vendors for recycling: 
+ Advanced Auto Parts at 121 E. New Circle Rd. or 455 Southland Dr. or 2185 Versailles Rd. 
+ Sears (Fayette Mall) at 3555 Nicholasville Rd. 
+ Interstate Battery at 1369 Pridemore Ct. 
+ Batteries Plus at 3094 Richmond Rd. ( There is a 50 cent charge per battery.)

Brake Fluid

Hold for a household hazardous waste collection day such as the Spring Clean or Fall Haul.

Calcium Chloride

Liquid should be held for a household hazardous waste collection day such as the Spring Clean or Fall Haul. Dry can be double-bagged and put in the Herbie trash can.

Carcasses of Small Animals

Information on dead animal pick-up can be found here.

Carpet Cleaning Wastewater

Carpet cleaning wastewater must be filtered to remove solids, fiber, hair, etc. before being discharged to the sanitary sewer. It is against the law for carpet cleaning wastewater to be discharged to streets, sidewalks, storm drains or storm sewers.

Cell Phones

Contact your cell phone provider (Verizon, AT&T, etc). Most companies will accept old phones to refurbish and resell. Cell phones may also be dropped off at the LFUCG E-Waste Facility

You may also donate used phones and chargers to the Fayette County Sheriff's Office at 150 N. Limestone (859-252-1771) for use by victims of domestic violence. Phones can be dropped off on the fourth floor, office 459. 

Construction Debris

Construction debris may be taken to the Haley Pike Landfill. The landfill accepts bricks, concrete, furniture, roofing shingles, metals, paper products, insulation and wood. Click here for more information about the Haley Pike Landfill and other disposal options.

Electronics

Electronics can be recycled at LFUCG's E-Waste Facility at 1306 Versailles Road. Click here for more information.

Explosives, Caps, Dynamite, etc.

Contact the Division of Fire & Emergency Services at (859) 231-5600.

Fertilizer

Fifty (50) lbs or less of granular fertilizer can be put in a paper bag in the Herbie trash can. Fertilizer that contains herbicides must be held until a household hazardous waste collection event such as the Spring Clean or Fall Haul.

Fire Extinguishers

Contact any fire extinguisher company for disposal.

Fireworks

Contact the Division of Fire & Emergency Services at (859) 231-5600.

Fluorescent Bulbs and Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs (CFLs)

Fluorescent bulbs may be taken to LFUCG's E-Waste Facility. CFLs may be recycled at any Home Depot or Lowes location. 

Freon Tanks

Contact Environmental Recycling at (859) 293-0167.

Fungicides

Hold until a household hazardous waste collection event such as the Spring Clean or Fall Haul.

Gas and Gas Tanks

Mix 2 parts new to 1 part old gas to reuse. Old gas should be held until a household hazardous waste collection event such as the Spring Clean or Fall Haul. Gas tanks are accepted at the Transfer Station at 1505 Old Frankfort Pike for a fee. Click here for more information.

Grease and Cooking Oil

Small quantities of cooking grease can be solidified with kitty litter or sawdust and placed in the Herbie. Cooking oil and grease must never be put down sinks or toilets.
Large quantities of grease cannot be accepted for disposal in the Herbie. Please contact a grease recycler for disposal information or visit our FOG Program webpage.

Helium Tanks

Return to vendor or hold until a household hazardous waste collection event such as the Spring Clean or Fall Haul.

Hydraulic Fluid

Hold until a household hazardous waste collection day event such as the Spring Clean or Fall Haul.

Ink Cartridges

Inkjet and fax cartridges should be sent back to the manufacturer for recycling. Contact the individual manufacturer for more information. Inkjet cartridges may also be recycled for free at Office Depot, OfficeMax, Target, Cartridge World or Best Buy.

Lacquer

Hold until a household hazardous waste collection event such as the Spring Clean or Fall Haul.

Medical Waste

Needles and used gauze pads must be secured in a sharps container such as a coffee can and placed in the Herbie trash can. Urine bags should be emptied into the sanitary sewer prior to being placed in the Herbie. Medical waste should never be put into the Rosie recycling container.

Medicines and Pharmaceuticals

Visit our Med Toss page to find out if a pharmaceutical collection is scheduled and for additional disposal information.

Mercury

Hold until a household hazardous waste collection event such as the Spring Clean or Fall Haul. For thermostats containing mercury, please see thermostats.

Motor Oil and Filters

Used motor oil must be recycled. Oil filters may be recycled or disposed of in the Herbie if there is a hole punched in the bottom and all of the oil has been drained out. Click here to learn more about motor oil recycling.

Packing Peanuts (foam)

Foam packing peanuts are accepted at the following locations:
+ Mail Boxes, Inc. in Tates Creek Center: (859) 273-6188
+ The Mail Room in Idle Hour Shopping Center: (859) 268-0206
+ The Mail Box in Palomar Center: (859) 224-4656

Paint Thinner

Hold until the next household hazardous waste collection event such as the Spring Clean or Fall Haul.

Paint and Polyurethane

+ Paint should be used up or given to neighbors or friends for reuse if possible. Latex paint may be donated to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore.
+ To dispose of paint or polyurethane, solidify with kitty litter, dirt or sawdust. Placed beside the Herbie with the lid loosely attached on your collection day.
+ Spray paint cans must be emptied prior to disposal. Empty cans may be placed in the Rosie to be recycled.
+ Lead paint should be held until the next household hazardous waste collection event (residential) or disposed of by an environmental contractor (commercial and industrial).

Pepper Spray

Can must be empty before disposal. Double bag and put empty can in Herbie trash can or hold until the next household hazardous waste collection event.

Pesticides and Farm Chemicals

Household pesticides should be held until a household hazardous waste collection event such as the Spring Clean or Fall Haul or disposal can be coordinated through Todd Garland at the Kentucky Department of Agriculture at (800) 205-6543.

Pet Waste

Pet waste should be removed from parks and yards to prevent stormwater runoff pollution. Pet waste should be bagged and disposed of in the Herbie trash can. Cat litter should never be flushed down the toilet.

Propane Tanks

Propane tanks may be taken to the Bluegrass Transfer Station for a fee or held until the next household hazardous waste collection day such as the Spring Clean or Fall Haul. Propane tanks must not be placed in your Rosie.

Sealer/Roofing Tar/Driveway Sealer

Solidify with absorbent material such as kitty litter, sawdust, dirt, woodchips, etc. Solidified driveway sealer may be taken to the transfer station for a fee. More information may be found here.

Shingles

Shingles not containing asbestos may be taken to the Haley Pike landfill or transfer station for a fee. More information may be found here.

For shingles containing asbestos, please visit the Kentucky Division of Air Quality's Asbestos Information page.

Smoke Detectors

Single unit ionizing smoke detectors may be wrapped in newspaper and disposed of in the Herbie. Disposal of several units at once should be coordinated through the manufacturer.

Swimming Pool Chemicals

Coordinate disposal with the manufacturer or hold until the next household waste collection event such as the Spring Clean or Fall Haul.

Thermostats (containing Mercury)

Thermostats may be disposed of by the vendor who replaced the mercury thermostat. Contact vendor for details.

If the vendor will not accept the old thermostat, it can be taken to the LFUCG E-Waste Facility. You can visit the Thermostat Recycling Corporation for more information about thermostat disposal.

Tires

Transmission Fluid

Hold until a household hazardous waste collection day event such as the Spring Clean or Fall Haul.

Yard and Wood Waste

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Last updated: 6/28/2016 9:36:48 AM