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How Do I Dispose of Or Recycle?

 

White goods at the Milford Transfer StationMany types of hazardous waste items, particularly those used by households, can be disposed of in household trash, taken to a recycling center, or taken to a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day. Please check the list below for individual items and their proper disposal practices. 

Should you need to hire a hazardous waste transporter and disposal company, be advised that the Solid and Hazardous Waste Management Section (SHWMS) cannot recommend companies. However, companies listed in the Yellow Pages under Waste Reduction and Disposal may, for a fee, help you with your hazardous waste disposal needs. Make sure the company you use has a permit to transport hazardous waste and that the waste goes to a permitted disposal facility. The waste will need to be tracked from your facility to the disposal site using a State of Delaware manifest.

To provide information regarding the management of hazardous waste, the SHWMS has implemented The Hazardous Waste Helpline at 302-739-9403 or by emailing Karen J'Anthony. The helpline is available during normal working hours. Your calls, concerns or questions will be handled by a hazardous waste information expert.  

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  • Aerosol Cans - Business
  • Aerosol Cans – Homeowners
  • Ammunition and/or gunpowder: Households –Ammunition can be disposed of at any of the Delaware Solid Waste Authority Household Hazardous Waste collection events
  • Antifreeze: Households – May be flushed down the drain with generous amounts of water, but ONLY if the drain is on a municipal sewer system. Clean up thoroughly since antifreeze is toxic to pets and children. Do not place antifreeze into a septic system. If you are on a septic system, ask a friend or a service station on a municipal system to dispose of the antifreeze for you. Antifreeze can be disposed of at any of the Delaware Solid Waste Authority Household Hazardous Waste Collection events collection events or by calling 1-800-404-7080.
    Antifreeze: Businesses – Waste oil services will often transport antifreeze for recycle. In all cases, ensure the waste goes to a properly permitted facility and keep documentation demonstrating this disposal location.
  • Asbestos
  • Asphalt cannot be used as clean fill as it is not environmentally inert. Pioneer Materials Inc. will accept asphalt for recycling.
  • Auto Repair Shop Waste

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  • Batteries – Automobile: Most of us use lead acid batteries in our cars, trucks and recreational vehicles. With use, these batteries run down and eventually die. Batteries can be returned to the battery retailer (for example Wal-Mart, Pep Boys, Auto Zone, Sears, etc.) who will in turn offer them to a lead acid battery recycler. Often, with the return, the retailer will give 5 dollars off the purchase of a new battery.
  • Batteries – Household use
  • Batteries, Rechargable – Household use.
  • Batteries, businesses
  • Bleach
  • Brake Fluid – Homeowners

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  • Firecrackers
  • Floor wax
  • Fluorescent Bulbs – Homeowners: Used unbroken compact fluorescent lamps can be returned and recycled at Home Depot at no cost. The Delaware Solid Waste Authority's Household hazardous waste collection events will accept used Compact Fluorescent Lamps as well as the traditional long fluorescent bulbs. Businesses.
  • Freon Containing Appliances - Appliances such as air conditioners, refrigerators and freezers, called "white goods," contain freon. If you live in a city, check with the city’s public works department for pick-up. If you do not or you must provide transportation to a disposal location, look in the yellow pages under "Rubbish Removal" or "Garbage Removal." You can also contact the Delaware Solid Waste Authority for instructions.
  • Fuels, Waste Gasoline, Kerosine
  • Fungicides

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  • Gas and Oil Mix -  Households: Old gas can be disposed at any of the Delaware Solid Waste Authority's Household Hazardous Waste collection events. Individual vehicle service stations may also assist in disposal. Businesses: Waste oil services will dispose of these mixtures. In the Yellow Pages under "oils-waste" is a list of haulers. For a list of permitted transporters contact Zakary Fisch of the Solid and Hazardous Waste Management Section at Zakary.Fisch@state.de.us or 302.739.9403. In all cases, ensure the waste goes to a properly permitted facility and keep documentation demonstrating this disposal location.
  • Gunpowder can be disposed of at any of the Delaware Solid Waste Authority's household hazardous waste collection events.

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  • Infectious sharps – Households: Sharps (i.e. needles and syringes) may be disposed of into the municipal trash stream provided they were generated by a household. The following steps should be followed in order to ensure proper disposal.
    • Needles and syringes should be placed in a liquid detergent bottle or coffee can.
    • When full, the lid should be taped on to the bottle or can.
    • The container, bottle or can should be double bagged and placed in the trash; preferably at the bottom half of the trash can to prevent tampering.
    • Sharps containers can also be disposed at any of the Delaware SolidWaste Authority's household hazardous waste collection events. Businesses: Infectious Waste 

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  • Kerosene - Old kerosene can be disposed at any of the Delaware Solid Waste Authority's household hazardous waste collection events. Individual vehicle service stations may also assist in disposal. Businesses – Waste oil services will dispose of kerosene. In the Yellow Pages under "oils-waste" is a list of haulers. For a list of permitted transporters contact Zakary Fisch of the Solid and Hazardous Waste Management Section at Zakary.Fisch@state.de.us or 302.739.9403. In all cases, ensure the waste goes to a properly permitted facility and keep documentation demonstrating this disposal location.

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  • Latex Paint – For small amounts of water-soluble Latex Paint (usually from a household):
    • Allow to dry and then it can be placed in the trash - recommend mixing with vermiculite (available at stores like Lowe’s, Wal-Mart, K-Mart in the plant department), kitty litter or shredded newspaper to solidify.
    • Paint excess onto wood, cardboard, or other material and dispose in the trash.
    • If the paint is in usable condition, find an organization that can use the paint (e.g. donate to Habitat for Humanity.)
    The empty can, once free of liquid paint, should be placed in trash with the paint can lid off.
  • Lead – Household paints
  • Lead – Scrap Metal: Offer to a fishing tackle store; they may make lead weights. Search for Salvage Yards in the Delaware Environmental Navigator.
  • Lead Contaminated Waste Stabilization – Call the Solid and Hazardous Waste Management Section at 302.739-9403
  • Light Ballasts – Light ballasts may be hazardous if they contain Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs). Households: If it is from your residence, ballasts can be disposed at any of the Delaware Solid Waste Authority's household hazardous waste collection events. Businesses - Call the Toxic Substance Control Act Hotline at (202) 554-1404 for PCB disposal information. PCBs – Business: Needs to be transported by a Hazardous Waste Transporter. A hazardous waste transporter permit is required to transport PCB contaminated waste in, out of, or through the State of Delaware. For a list of permitted transporters contact Zakary Fisch of the Solid and Hazardous Waste Management Section at Zakary.Fisch@state.de.us  or 302.739.9403. In all cases, ensure the waste goes to a properly permitted facility and keep documentation demonstrating this disposal location.

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  • Oil – Businesses or Large Quantities: Used oil transporters can be found in the Yellow Pages under "Oil – Used." You can also contract directly with a Delaware Permitted Hazardous Waste Transporter. For a list of permitted transporters contact Zakary Fisch of the Solid and Hazardous Waste Management Section at Zakary.Fisch@state.de.us or 302.739.9403. In all cases, ensure the waste goes to a properly permitted facility and keep documentation demonstrating this disposal location.Homeowners
  • Oil Filters – BusinessesIndividuals
  • Oil Based Paint – Businesses: Companies listed in the Yellow Pages under "Waste Reduction and Disposal" may, for a fee, help you with your hazardous waste disposal needs. You can also contract directly with a Delaware Permitted Hazardous Waste Transporter. For a list of permitted transporters contact Zakary Fisch of the Solid and Hazardous Waste Management Section at Zakary.Fisch@state.de.us or 302.739.9403.In all cases, ensure the waste goes to a properly permitted facility and  keep documentation demonstrating this disposal location. Households: Oil based paints can be disposed at any of the Delaware Solid Waste Authority's household hazardous waste collection events. If you cannot wait for a collection event, use Vermiculite (available at stores like Lowe’s, Wal-Mart, K-Mart in the plant department), kitty litter or shredded newspaper to mix in to solidify. Do this in a well ventilated area as oil based paint is ignitable and protect the open can from children, pets and wildlife. Once dry, double trash bag and placed in the trash can with the top off.  Another option is to brush or roll the paint onto old cardboard or wood and once dry, dispose in the trash. The empty can, once free of liquid paint, should be double bagged with lid off and placed in trash.
  • Oils – Dielectric PCBs Needs to be transported by a Hazardous Waste Transporter. For a list of permitted transporters contact Zakary Fisch of the Solid and Hazardous Waste Management Section at Zakary.Fisch@state.de.us  or 302.739.9403.
  • Oven Cleaners

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  • Paint – Bridges:  Contact Bruce Cole at 302.739.9403 or bruce.cole@state.de.us  
  • Paint – Latex, see Latex Paint above
  • Paint – Lead
  • Paint – Oil-based, Enamels (Small Quantities): See Oil-Based Paint above
  • Paint Thinner/Solvent – Businesses: Companies listed in the Yellow Pages under "Waste Reduction and Disposal" may, for a fee, help you with your hazardous waste disposal needs. There are also out of state venders that you can contact directly holding a Delaware Hazardous Waste Transporter Permit. For a list of permitted transporters contact Zakary Fisch of the Solid and Hazardous Waste Management Section at Zakary.Fisch@state.de.us or 302.739.9403. In all cases, ensure the waste goes to a properly permitted facility and keep documentation demonstrating this disposal location. Household
  • Perfume
  • Pesticides – Businesses:  unused pesticide going to a recycler can be managed according to the requirements set forth in the Universal Waste Rule. If the unused pesticide is going for disposal rather than recycling, it must be managed and disposed of properly. Call the Department of Agriculture at 302.698.4500 for more information. Homeowners
  • Polystyrene and styrofoam (packaging foams)
  • Pool chemicals
  • Prescription medications
  • Propane Tanks - The Delaware Solid Waste Authority,1-800-404-7080, will accept used propane tanks at certain locations. Suppliers such as Keen Compressed Gas will often take used propane tanks.

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  • Rags (Solvent Contaminated) – Busineses
  • Refrigerator/Washer/Dryer/Dishwasher - If you live in a city, check with the city’s public works department for pick-up. If you do not or you must provide transportation, look in the yellow pages under "Rubbish Removal" or "Garbage Removal." If you must provide transportation to a disposal location, you can also contact the Delaware Solid Waste Authority, 1-800-404-7080, for instructions.

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  • Smoke Detectors - The detector may contain a label stating proper disposal method. If so, follow the instructions. Old smoke detectors can be disposed at any of the Delaware Solid Waste Authority's household hazardous waste collection events.
  • Solvents – See Paint Thinners/Solvents above
  • Spot remover
  • Stains - wood

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  • Thermometers - BusinessesHomeowners.
  • Thermostats - Businesses, homeowners: Recycle with one of the following Thermostat Recycling Corporation participating companies.
    • R.E. Michel Company 550 S. Queen Street, Dover, DE 302-678-0250
    • R.E. Michel Company 501 S. DuPont Road, Elsmere, DE 302-998-8880
    • R.E. Michel Company 32437 Lewes-Georgetown Hwy. Lewes DE 302-645-0585
    • R.E. Michel Company 2220 Hessler Blvd., New Castle, DE 302-655-7511
    • R.E. Michel Company 904 Interchange Blvd., Newark, DE 302-368-9410
  • The Thermostat Recycling Corporation (TRC), a not-for-profit corporation, facilitates the collection by HVAC wholesalers from contractors of all brands of used, wall-mounted mercury-switch thermostats so that the mercury can be purified for re-use.
  • Toilet cleaner
  • Treated wood - If the wood is in generally good condition it may be accepted by Habitat for Humanity www.habitatncc.org (302.652.0365) or contact the Delaware Solid Waste Authority for disposal (1-800-404-7080).

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