February BMP – Managing Household Hazardous Waste

by: Angela Danovi, Beaver LakeSmart Program Coordinator and Regional Project Manager for Ozarks Water Watch

It’s time again for our monthly Beaver LakeSmart BMP blog. BMPs are known as Best Management Practices and are recommended practices to protect water quality.  You do not have to live within eyesight of a water body to implement a BMP and have a positive impact on water quality, because regardless of how far away your nearest waterbody is located, you live within a watershed.  Everything that happens within that watershed impacts the quality of the water that falls within and flows through that watershed. When everyone implements BMPs, we can collectively have a huge impact on protecting and maintaining bodies of water with good water quality while enhancing water quality of those water bodies that need help.

HHW Shelf

Household Hazardous Waste – Photo Credit: St. Louis County, Minnesota

In January we discussed managing cleaning products and using alternative cleaning products in our homes.  In February we will be focusing on managing household hazardous waste. Understanding and properly managing household hazardous waste is important because without proper management, products that are toxic, reactive, ignitable, and corrosive can end up in the wrong hands or wind up in our soil or water.

Below is a short video produced by our partners at the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service on identifying and managing your Household Hazardous Waste.  We also have some graphics below you can print, save, copy, or share to help you in managing household chemicals and household hazardous wastes in your home.

 

Managing Household Waste from Purchase to Disposal

When buying household productsDownload printer friendly copy of when buying household hazardous products

When using household products (2)Download a printer friendly copy of when using household hazardous products

When storing household products (2)Download printer friendly version of Storing Household Hazardous Products

When disposing household productsDownload printer friendly version of when disposing household hazardous products

There are probably many hazardous materials throughout your homeDownload a printer friendly version of the list of Household Hazardous Waste

Latex Paint Management

One product that many people use and are often unsure how to properly dispose of is latex paint.  Latex paint is a water-based paint.  It is used for many home painting projects by professionals and non-professional do-it-yourself projects.  Our number 1 recommendation when purchasing paint is to know how much you need and to buy what you need and use what you buy.  This will mean you will have less to do to dispose of excess paint.  If you find yourself with excess paint, the paint, paint cans, and brushes can be disposed of in household trash.  However, you must first dry out the paint.  For cans with just a little paint left in them, take off the lid and allow the paint to air dry.  For cans that are more than half full, you can add kitty litter or wood chips to speed up the drying process.  Once the can is completely dry, you can discard it with your household trash.

Managing Latex Paint

Northwest Arkansas Drop-off locations for Household Hazardous Waste

For most household hazardous waste, the safest method of disposal of excess product is to drop it off at one of the solid waste collection centers.  Many of the county recycling centers and solid waste districts will accept some of your household hazardous wastes.  Please directly contact the centers about disposing of your wastes.

Benton County Solid Waste DistrictAddress: 5702 Brookside Rd, Bentonville, AR 72712  Phone: (479) 795-0751

Boston Mountain Sold Waste DistrictAddress: 11398 Bond Rd., Prairie Grove, AR  Phone: 479-846-3005

Madison County Solid Waste and Recycling CenterAddress: 173 Madison 6553, Huntsville, AR 72740  Phone: (479) 738-6351

 

Alternatives To Household Hazardous Waste

Another way to keep from having to dispose of household hazardous waste is to purchase and use alternatives to the traditional products.  Below are links for alternatives to pesticides.

Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides

Organic Pest Control Guide

Visit the Beaver LakeSmart Household Hazardous Waste Education Program

https://owwbeaverlake.org/education/hazardous-household-waste/

2015 Benton County Cleanup

Saturday, April 18 from 8:00am-12:00 noon at the County Road Departments:

1206 SW 14th St. (Hwy. 102), Bentonville;

1700 S. Wimpy Jones Rd., Garfield;

200 Spavinaw Ave., Decatur