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Household Hazardous Waste

Many household products contain hazardous substances and are harmful to our environment and aquatic life when disposed in drains, toilets and storm drains.

If you must dispose of products, please contact your city, municipality or county for disposal options. The ultimate solution is to reduce our dependence on these products, use them only when absolutely necessary, choose less toxic alternatives, buy only the quantity that you need, and use them to completion. Discharges to storm drains are not treated and are a major source of pollution in the South Platte River. Here are examples.

  • Paints & solvents
  • Cleaners
  • Fuels
  • Pesticides
  • Antifreeze
  • Used motor oil
  • Oil filters
  • Household & automotive batteries

Home & Automotive Maintenance

Minimize the impact from caring for your home and vehicles.

  • Look for alternatives to toxic products. Use up the products you have.
  • Read the label! Know how to use & store paints, cleaners and solvents.
  • Recycle or reuse when possible. Use Household Hazardous Waste drop off sites.
  • Rinse latex paint brushes in the sink.
  • Be sure your cleaning company disposes wastewater to a sink, toilet or sanitary sewer cleanout – NOT the storm drain.
  • When working on concrete, cement or mortar, keep materials from blowing or flowing to a driveway, street, gutter or storm drain.
  • Wash your vehicle at a carwash. They recycle their water and send it through the sewer to the wastewater treatment plant.
  • Change auto fluids properly. The oil from one oil change can pollute up to a million gallons of water!
  • Keep your vehicle tuned and leak free so fluids aren’t washed from roadways into storm drains.
  • Ask about low-copper brake pads. Copper is highly toxic to aquatic life.
  • Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment can be a good source for construction activities and planning as well as Water Quality Control permitting.

Lawn & Garden Care

Minimize the impact from caring for your lawn, garden, and pets. These chemicals often find their way into local creeks, including the South Platte River through spills, run-off and over-application. They can also enter the sewer system through disposal. Long term exposure to humans can cause harm to children and wildlife’s nervous systems. You can help!

  • Use less toxic pest control products.
  • Use a rake or broom - not a hose or blower - to clean up clippings.
  • Start a compost pile or use curbside yard waste recycling programs.
  • Divert rain spouts onto grass or landscape.
  • Antifreeze
  • Pick up pet wastes and put them in the garbage.
  • Contact Colorado Cooperative Extension Master Gardener for less toxic alternatives