REDUCE YOUR USE
Household Hazardous Waste
Products, (such as paints, cleaners, oils, batteries, and pesticides) that contain potentially hazardous ingredients require special care when you dispose of them. Disposal options include reduction, recycling and lastly disposal. Proper disposal prevents pollution that could endanger human and environmental health.
- Buy products with natural ingredients or better yet make your own non-toxic cleaning solutions.
- Only buy what you will use in a reasonable amount of time.
- Store product according to manufactures directions so it doesn’t get ruined.
Recycle / Disposal
Chemicals, cleaners, oils and other hazardous waste should never be poured down drains (including storm drains), toilets, or on the ground. Federal law allows residents to dispose of hazardous waste in the trash. However, participation in hazardous waste collection events is strongly encouraged. This allows for hazardous materials to be recycled when possible and disposed of safely when recycling isn’t an option.
2023 Special Collection Date: DKMM has held it's annual Household Hazardous Waste one-day collection in Mt. Gilead this year at the Morrow County Fairgrounds on April 22, 2023, and DKMM thanks all of the District residents who came out to properly dispose of their household hazardous waste material. If you were unable to attend and still have other materials to recycle, DKMM also has a permanent site located in Mount Vernon, Ohio held on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month. These events run from April through September by appointment only and is limited to 17 people per collection day. Please make your appointment to get a slot reserved by calling 740-393-4600. Proof of ID will be required at all collections as they are for Delaware, Knox, Marion and Morrow residents only. Follow this link for more information: DKMM HHW Collections
Alternatives to HHW
- 1/2 tsp. washing soda
- A dab of liquid soap
- 2 cups hot tap water
Combine the ingredients in a spray bottle and shake until the washing soda has dissolved. Apply and wipe off with a sponge.
DRY OUT YOUR OLD PAINT OPTION
The paint must be dry (no longer a liquid) before it is placed in the trash. In order to speed up the drying process, you can remove the lid (in a well-ventilated area) and then add a binder such as kiddy litter, sawdust, shredded paper, purchased paint hardener, or another absorbent. Once the paint is dry and no longer a liquid, you can now leave the lid off the can and place everything into the trash to the landfill. View the DKMM Paint Disposal Flyer for more information.
Morrow County Recycling
Monday - Friday 7:30am - 4:00pm