Outdoor Drains are Only Rain! Protect Our Streams, Rivers, Lakes, and Water Supplies


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 warmer spring weather just around the corner, many residents find themselves cleaning out forgotten corners of their garage or shed only to discover hazardous household waste such as leftover paint, chemicals, solvents, and automotive fluids. These fluids should never be dumped down the storm drain or on the ground because they go directly to our streams, rivers, lakes, and water supplies. Instead of dumping them, there are safer ways to dispose of hazardous household waste that do not threaten our water quality or public health.

In an effort to prevent hazardous household waste contamination, the Adams-Clermont Solid Waste District attempts to make the disposal of hazardous household waste more convenient for County residents. Old motor oil, brake or transmission fluid, and antifreeze can be dropped off to the Clermont County Fleet Management garage, located on Filager Road just off SR 222 north of Batavia. These items are accepted for free from Monday through Friday, from 8:30 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 household hazardous waste disposal, CLICK HERE