What is considered hazardous waste?
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 human health and the environment when not managed properly. Hazardous waste in Carroll 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 care 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 to the landfill and recycling office and they will be properly handled. Rechargeable batteries should not be put in with your garbage as they can cause a fire at the landfill.
Alkaline batteries (AAA, AA, C, D, 9V) can be thrown away with your regular trash. Information can be found on disposal information for batteries.
Find out what types of batteries are hazardous and which batteries can be put in your garbage.
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.
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 is an acronym created by the Environmental Protection Agency, meaning Small Quantity Generator.
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 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 an SQG, then: