Crawford County 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 Crawford County comes from: Households or Business and Commercial places.

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. 

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. 

Business and Commercial Hazardous Waste

The Commission can also accept hazardous waste from businesses in Crawford 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 office at 712-263-8454 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.