Don’t Dump Chemicals into Storm Drains! What to do with Household Hazardous Waste:

Don't dump chemicals into storm drains!

Storm drains are for rain only, and are not to be used to dispose of paint, chemicals, solvents, or automotive fluids.  Those hazardous items will go directly to our streams, rivers, lakes, and water supplies.

With cooler fall weather just around the corner, many residents find themselves cleaning out forgotten corners of their garage or shed only to find large and unconventional items as well as hazardous household waste (HHW) and no idea where to dispose of them. Large or unconventional items such as old household appliances, tires, and batteries often require special consideration before you can just toss them. Additionally, HHW such as leftover paint, chemicals, solvents, and automotive fluids should never be dumped down the storm drain or in the street because they go directly to our streams, rivers, lakes, and water supplies. Instead of dumping them, there are safer ways to dispose of large, unconventional items and HHW that do not threaten our water quality or public health. To find an outlet for your items, visit http://oeq.net/recycling/ or continue reading for an overview of disposal and recycling options.

For large or unconventional items, contact your township for a list of clean-up days or call your waste hauler for large item options. You can also bring items to the Cincinnati Recycling & Reuse Hub at 911 Evans Street, Cincinnati OH, 45204. Some items can be dropped off for free, but other items have a small fee to cover the cost of recycling. Visit their website at https://www.cincinnatirecyclingandreusehub.org/for-free for a full list of what they are able to accept.

In an effort to prevent HHW contamination, Clermont County and the Adams-Clermont Solid Waste District have worked hard to make the disposal of HHW more convenient for County residents. Disposing of old motor oil, brake or transmission fluid, and antifreeze can be tough. The good news is that residents can bring these used fluids, at no cost, to the Fleet Management garage, located on Filager Road just off SR 222 north of Batavia. These items are accepted Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Other hazardous household chemicals such as paints, thinners, and solvents can also be disposed of properly. Unused latex and oil based paint can be left open in the container and disposed of in general waste after it has dried. There are also local outlets for other materials, such as tires, car batteries, nickel-cadmium batteries, light bulbs, propane tanks and more. You can search for disposal or recycling locations at http://oeq.net/recycling/.

If no local outlets are available, the Solid Waste District will issue Clermont residents a voucher, which allows them to take the material to Environmental Enterprises on Spring Grove Avenue in Cincinnati and the District pays the disposal fee. To obtain a voucher, or for more information on Solid Waste District programs, call (513) 732-7744 or email dsnyder@clermontcountyohio.gov