Carroll County Hazardous Waste

Hazardous Waste

What is a hazardous waste?

A hazardous waste is any solid, liquid, or contained gas that is being disposed of, burned, or recycled, and that is known to be harmful to the human health and the environment when not managed properly. Hazardous waste in Carroll County comes from: Households or Business and Commercial places.

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Household Hazardous Waste

Household hazardous waste is accepted free of charge during normal business hours.  

Accepted wastes include: aerosol cans, antifreeze, cleaners, fertilizers, floor car products, glues, gasoline, kerosene, oil based paint, oven cleaner, paint thinner and remover, pesticides, pool chemicals, roofing tar, rust removers, sharps, stains, and varnishes. 

Rechargeable batteries contain hazardous waste and contain valuable material so are easily recyclable. Triple or double A batteries that you recharge and reuse are recyclable. Other types of batteries include the ones that you use in your gadgets (phones, cameras, power tools, laptops, and hearing aids). These batteries can be brought the landfill and recycling office and will be properly handled.

Alkaline batteries (AAA,AA,C,D, 9V) can be thrown away with your regular trash. Information can be found on disposal information for batteries.

Nonaccepted wastes include: ammunition/explosives, asbestos, radioactive materials, fire extinguishers, non-hazardous waste, empty containers, and propane tanks.

Latex paint is not a hazardous waste. You can dispose of latex paint by mixing it with kitty litter or oil dry. Once the paint is dry, take the lid off and throw it in with your garbage. 

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Rechargeable batteries contain hazardous waste and contain valuable material so they are easily recyclable. Rechargeable batteries should not be put in with your garbage as they can cause a fire at the landfill.

Find out what types of batteries are hazardous and which batteries can be put in your garbage. 

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Business and Farm Waste

The Commission can also accept hazardous waste from businesses in Carroll County that produce small amounts of hazardous waste. These businesses are called SQG which in an acronym, from the Environmental Protection Agency, meaning Small Quantity Generator.

A hazardous waste is any solid, liquid, or contained gas that is being disposed of, burned, or recycled, and that is known to be harmful to the human health and the environment when not managed properly.

There are three basic requirements to be eligible to participate in the SQG program:

  1. Your business cannot produce more than 220 pounds of hazardous waste per month. This is approximately ½ of a 50-gallon drum, four 5-gallon buckets, OR 20 one-gallon cans.
  2. Your business cannot store over 2,200 pounds of hazardous waste on site at one time.
  3. Your business cannot contain more than 2.2 pounds of acutely hazardous waste at any time. This is an approximately one quart of hazardous material. Acutely hazardous wastes can be found listed on the EPA P-list.

If your business meets the requirements of a SQG, then:

  1. Call the Commission's office at 712-792-5001 to get the paperwork that is completed by the business. Fax or mail the completed forms back to the Commission. The business will then be entered into the computer.
  2. The Commission will call the business to schedule an appointment for delivery of the hazardous waste.
  3. Upon delivery, the waste is weighed and an invoice in generated showing the weight of each type of hazardous waste along with the price for disposal.
  4. The business signs the invoice and forwards payment to the Contractor, Metro Waste Authority.