Use of the permanent facility is by reservation. This assures the facility is open, staffed, and able to accommodate you efficiently. Reservations can be made by visiting www.hhwstl.com. If you do not have internet access, you can call (314) 615-8958 for assistance.
Accepted Materials: Paints (oil-based, acrylic, craft, and hobby paints), stains, varnishes, pesticides, herbicides, poisons, gasoline and other fuels, solvents and strippers, aerosols, motor oil and filters, gas cylinders (BBQ pit size or smaller), fluorescent tubes, rechargeable batteries, antifreeze, brake and transmission fluid, pool chemicals and other acids and bases, car batteries, wood preservatives, driveway sealant, and items containing mercury (such as thermometers, thermostats, and mercuric salts).
Unaccepted Materials: Explosives and ammunition, radioactive waste, smoke detectors, medical waste, household trash, tires, electronics, unknown cylinders and other bulky items, and any hazardous material generated by a business or commercial entity.
Funding for the HHWSTL program comes from the St. Louis-Jefferson Solid Waste Management District, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, and the voter-approved Saint Louis County landfill surcharge fees. For more information, please call (314) 615-8958.
These days it seems like every product comes with a warning, so you may not pay much attention to the words on the label. However, when it comes to hazardous products (corrosive, toxic, reactive, or flammable), reading the label is the easiest way to identify the level of hazard. Look for the following signal words and choose the least hazardous product for the job at hand or make it yourself using the recipes on the previous page):
Toxic or Poison: Highly poisonous or toxic
Danger: Extremely flammable, corrosive, or highly toxic
Warning: Moderately toxic or product has fewer hazards
Caution: Slightly toxic or product has minimal hazards
Buying only what you will use is the best way to avoid creating HHW. If you have leftovers, check to see if friends or family can use the product.
Latex Paint Recycling
The permanent HHW program is pleased to offer latex paint recycling at the minimal charge of just $0.20 per pound. Latex paint is not hazardous, but it can be recycled. For a full can of paint, the average cost to recycle it is about $2.00. The paint is sent to a plant in Nashville, Illinois, where it is sorted by color, blended, and made into new paint.
Recycling leftover paint is a good option, but a better option is to paint something! Use small amounts for touch-up jobs and small projects. Large amounts of leftover paint can be donated to organizations such as theater groups, schools, and churches. Store paint away from freezing temperatures and according to label directions to assure the paint remains useable. As a last resort, leftover latex paint can be dried out or absorbed with cat litter and disposed of in the trash.
Oil-based paint should NEVER be put in the trash. If the paint cannot be completely used up, please schedule a reservation for proper disposal through the permanent HHW program.
Don’t assume that all leftover household products need to be managed through the HHW program. By reading product labels you may learn that some items such as cleaners, drain openers, and others are safe to pour down the drain with lots of water.
NEVER pour products down the drain if the label does not indicate that it’s a safe method of disposal.
NEVER mix products while pouring them down the drain.
Finally, empty containers do not need to be managed as HHW. Once the product is gone, the container can be recycled or disposed of in the trash.