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 Shelby County comes from Households or Business and Commercial places.
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.
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.
The Agency can also accept hazardous waste from businesses in Shelby 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:
If your business meets the requirements of a SQG, then: