Happy New Year!

With all the new changes a new year brings, we also are going through some changes. Latex paint disposal will go from 0.20 cents per pound, to 0.25 cents per pound for disposal.

While this decision was hard, we want you to know it is only temporary! Your latex paint needs to be sent farther away for disposal right now, and because of the increase in transporting it farther away, prices had to go up to cover the cost of proper disposal. Once we can send the latex paint back to a local source, the price will go back to 0.20 cents per pound.

Thank you for your patience and understanding, and thanks for recycling!

A little preparation now will save you a big headache later.

Fall is a time of year where a lot of HHW gets produced. Some of the most common HHW we see in the Spring are completely avoidable. Things like old gasoline from lawn mowers, and pool chemicals. Below are some tips on how you can reduce the amount of HHW you produce: 

Lawn and Gardening

Toward the end of the mowing season, buy smaller quantities of gas, use it up, or give it to a neighbor.

When ready to store the mower for the winter, add a fuel stabilizer to leftover fuel or completely drain into a clean safety can.

Store the fuel away from freezing temperatures and sources of heat and flame.

When mowing season returns, use old fuel in a ratio of 1:5 old to new.

Properly-stored lawn and garden products can be effectively used for many seasons. Read labels for storage requirements.  

Pool Chemicals

At the end of the pool season, always follow the label directions for storage. If stored properly, pool chemicals will last through the winter. In general:

Store pool chemicals in a cool, dry, well-ventilated place away from other household chemicals and ideally in a locked storage room.

Ensure lids are securly attached.

Store liquids below powders when on shelves.

Keep chemicals away from heat, flame, and sunlight.

Inventory chemicals when opening the pool next season and use older chemicals first.

Do not mix old chemicals with new ones, even if they are the same type.

Remember, we do not want to see you in the Spring!

Did the previous owner of your house leave paint thinner and pool chemicals?  Are you helping a parent move to a condominium and you have jars of hobby paint purchased in the Reagan administration?  Whatever the reason, many of us have hazardous products that are too old to use.  They just need disposal.  So- how does St. Louis Household Hazardous Waste (HHWSTL) work?