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coldplugs
06-26-2004, 04:12 PM
I suspect I'm not alone in having accumulated a shelf full of carb cleaner (3 cans? Why do I have 3 cans?), solvents, oil based paints, and aerosol cans of whatever.

I take oil, gas, and most of the water based fluids to our local transfer station but they won't take much of the other stuff. They also won't take empty gas cylinders such as propane & MAPP gas cylinders.

Oil based paint, for example, is ok if it's dried. That's really only an option if you have an empty can already.

We'll be moving in a couple of months and I don't want to take all this with me. There's a once-a-year hazardous waste day shortly after we move, of course.

I've looked at state agencies etc on the net with no luck yet & I plan to call the state environmental folks but in the meantime - any ideas?

I realize that municipal rules & facilities vary but wonder how people typically deal with this.

Basil
06-26-2004, 04:24 PM
We're somewhat fortunate here in Albuquerque. The city contracts with a local chem company and they will take any and all such waste. I usually make a trip over there once a year to dispose of old paint cans, carb cleaner, Anti-freeze, etc.

Bret
06-27-2004, 01:59 PM
Everyplace is different it seems. Here we have two “Dump Days” a year that allow you to get rid of stuff that the trash guys won’t haul away or not without an extra fee. Beds & box springs, household appliances etc. But we also have a local hazardous waist disposal & recycling site that is open year round to residents. They accept paint, antifreze, oil and pool chemicals etc. The only thing they need from you is proof that you’re really a resident and not business or a contractor.

I suggest that if you don’t see a listing for “recycling” that you start by calling the local company that handles your regular trash pick-up. If they don’t handle it themselves it’s a good guess that they’ll certainly know who does. Of course if they charge for that “special” pick-up they might not share that information.

In that case try calling the local city offices and/or the Fire Department. Some states (Texas) have oil recycling pick-ups actually in the Fire House. Besides these are the guys called in for hazardous chemical spills so they should be able to point you in the direction you need to go.

Good Luck,
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coldplugs
06-27-2004, 10:36 PM
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Everyplace is different it seems. <snipped>
I suggest that if you don’t see a listing for “recycling” that you start by calling the local company that handles your regular trash pick-up......

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You're right - everyplace is different so there's likely no general answer. Re the company handling my regular trash pick up - that would be me. Around here, the transfer station (previously known as the "dump") is the only place to find out what's going on in town. Every 2 weeks I load up the pickup and run over there to talk with the locals.

I called town hall to no avail. Good suggestion about calling the fire dept, though.

JamesWilson
06-28-2004, 08:46 AM
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We'll be moving in a couple of months and I don't want to take all this with me.


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You really are TOO nice... unless the new owners have a forwarding address.... /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif

Mark Jones
06-28-2004, 09:03 AM
John;

Give the local Maine Dept of Environmental Protection a call Maine DEP (https://www.maine.gov/dep/mdepoffices.htm) They should be able to answer you questions.

coldplugs
06-28-2004, 11:08 AM
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Give the local Maine Dept of Environmental Protection a call...

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Mark - thanks for the suggestion & web site. The DEP was a big help - problem solved.

I should have thought of them first, but somehow "DEP" always seemed like one of those state agencies to be avoided.

Mark Jones
06-28-2004, 01:52 PM
John;

I use to work for the New Brunswick Dept of the Environment. There were many people there willing to give good practical answers to such questions, and other who didn't know "practical" was a word. Just never give your name when you ask a question /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif

Mark

ThomP
06-28-2004, 09:58 PM
The paint issue is relatively easy... Just add sand! It will quickly dry up the paint so it can be safely tossed into the trash can. You can thank my local painter friend for that tip.

coldplugs
06-28-2004, 10:48 PM
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The paint issue is relatively easy... Just add sand! It will quickly dry up the paint so it can be safely tossed into the trash can. You can thank my local painter friend for that tip.

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That's pretty much what they said (they suggested cat litter). Somehow I thought paint was more of a problem than that. Sand is cheaper & more plentiful than Speedy Dry so I'll give it a try. Thanks.

Texas_Cicada
06-29-2004, 12:47 AM
I have always had good luck getting my local quick-change oil place to take stuff off my hands. As long as the amounts are not too big (e.g. - where they impact how much they pay to have the stuff disposed of) they have always allowed me to dump my nasty stuff in with theirs'. As for the dilema of having to dispose of stuff before a move, you could always do what the previous owners of my last two houses have done...they left their nasty stuff behind for me to deal with. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/nonono.gif

TR250
07-08-2004, 01:41 PM
Not sure where you are in Maine, but here in Scarborough the Town has a HAZMAT day every April, other than that there are specific locations (auto repair shops) that are designated as drop-off locations for things like waste oil, antifreeze, etc.
Try calling the local NAPA and asking if they have a lead for you. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/cheers.gif