Household Hazardous Waste
It is everyone's responsibility to manage these items safely and properly. In an effort to keep your buildings clean, please do the following:
If a container has the words "corrosive," "flammable," "combustible" or “toxic/poison,” the material is hazardous and must not be disposed of as regular trash.
Recycle all batteries and fluorescent light bulbs.
Always purchase non-mercury thermometers. If you can't tell, a mercury thermometer contains gray liquid.
Always buy latex paint. If you have leftovers, if the paint is dry, it can be disposed of in the regular trash. No liquid paint can be disposed of in the regular trash.
Never buy more than you need. Larger quantities may be cheaper, but if you don't use it all, you must dispose of it or it accumulates as clutter in your buildings.
Never dispose of oil-based paints, thinners or motor oil in the regular trash or leave next to the dumpster. It is an environmental crime to leave this material for regular trash pickup.
When you hire outside contractors to do work in your buildings, ask them to take any unused materials with them.
Purchase metal cabinets so that all materials can be housed in one location. If you have oil-based paints, special flammable storage cabinets are required. These can run upwards of $500.
If you change the oil in your automobile, dispose of the oil at the Hanover Co-Op gas station to be recycled.
If you do have household hazardous waste, please notify the Associate Director of Residential Operations to arrange disposal.