to Recycling Opportunities
What to do with common household chemicals is one of the most important
daily decisions we, as citizens, make. If we would just take the time
to realize what an impact our lives have on our environment, we would
be amazed at what a difference we could make if we properly manage
our common household materials. We're offering the following information
on reducing, recycling/reusing, and properly disposing of our every
day chemicals to help protect our water supply and environment.
Guide to Best Management Practices for Household Hazardous Waste & Radon
To minimize the amount of antifreeze that must be managed or the hazards
associated with its use:
- Buy and use only the quantity needed
Capture the antifreeze when the coolant or hoses are changed,
and reuse or recycle it
- Watch for and repair any leaks
- Store antifreeze in tightly closed containers to prevent it from
being spilled or contaminated by other materials
- Use antifreeze that is designed to last for four years or 50,000
to 60,000 miles (most antifreezes need to be replaced every two
Antifreeze can be recycled; however, there are
no sites in Hall County for recycling of antifreeze. Used antifreeze
still protects against freezing and boilovers; however, the corrosion
inhibitors may be depleted during use and should be replaced in
the recycling process. To close the recycling loop, purchase recycled
antifreeze, when possible.
If the antifreeze cannot be reused, given away, or recycled, then
read and follow the product's label for the manufacturer's instructions
on proper disposal. If recycling is not feasible, then antifreeze
may be disposed of in one of two ways.
If the local wastewater treatment plant permits it, antifreeze may
be poured down an inside drain, flushing with plenty of water. Contact
the local wastewater treatment plant for information. In addition,
under state law, solidified antifreeze can be legally disposed of
in a permitted, Subtitle D landfill. Hall County has such a landfill.
To solidify the antifreeze, mix the antifreeze with enough absorbent
material, such as cat-box filler, to absorb all free liquids.
Place the solidified antifreeze in a bag or wrap in newspaper before
disposing in a landfill. The empty container should be recycled, if
possible. If it cannot be recycled, the empty container can be disposed
of in a landfill.
Antifreeze should not be poured down septic tanks, outside drains,
in the storm sewer, or on the ground. This may cause groundwater
contamination and/or operational problems with the septic system
or wastewater treatment plant. Antifreeze can also harm pets if
There are no less toxic alternatives to lead-acid automobile batteries
at this time.
In Georgia, automobile batteries must be returned to retailers for
recycling. Battery retailers are required by law to accept old lead-acid
batteries. They may also be taken to the County's Candler Road Landfill
Automobile batteries, under state law, may not be legally disposed
of in landfills. They must be recycled.
Before storing a gas-powered vehicle for extended periods of time,
add stabilizers to the gasoline. This will decrease the need to drain
and replace the gasoline in the engine before restarting.
If the gasoline is stale or has a small amount of water in it, consider
purchasing a gas rejuvenator product which can be added to the gasoline.
Small amounts of the gasoline can then be used in an automobile with
If the gasoline cannot be reused or given away (try mechanics and
repair shops) or if the gas has a large amount of water in it, then
let the gasoline evaporate in a well ventilated area away from pets,
children and heat sources. For large quantities of gasoline, contact
the Pollution Prevention Assistance Division at (404) 651-5120 for
more information. Gasoline should not be poured down drains (inside
or outside), into a storm sewer, or on the ground. This may cause
sewer explosions and/or can contaminate groundwater.
Gasoline should not be used for cleaning. Keep gasoline away
from an open flame and other heat sources. Store flammable liquids
in a tightly closed, non-glass, clearly labeled container. Store
out of reach of children. Gasoline may produce invisible explosive
vapors that may ignite by a small spark. Do not store flammable
materials inside the home.
There are no known less toxic alternatives. Synthetic oils are available
that do not have to be changed as often as ordinary oils. To minimize
the amount of motor oil that must be managed or the hazards associated
with its use, keep the vehicle properly maintained; watch for and
repair any oil leaks; buy only as much oil as needed; avoid spills
while pouring or draining; and store any unused motor oil in tightly
closed containers to prevent it from being spilled or contaminated
with other materials.
Used motor oil can be recycled or re-refined, a process where it
is made into clean lubricant oil or motor oil. To recycle motor
oil, place it in a clean, leak-proof container and recycle at any
Hall County compactor site or at the Hall County Recycling Center.
In addition, Exxon Corporation maintains a list of Exxon service
stations which will accept used oil. For the nearest station, contact
1-800-732-1100. To close the recycling loop, purchase recycled/re-refined
Recycle used motor oil.
Motor Oil should not be poured down drains (inside or outside),
into a storm sewer, or on the ground. This may cause groundwater
contamination and/or operational problems with the septic system
or wastewater treatment plant.
There are no known less toxic alternatives. There are ways, however,
to minimize the use of and the hazards associated with transmission
fluid. These include: keeping the vehicle properly maintained; watching
for and repairing any leaks; avoiding spills while pouring or draining;
buying only as much transmission fluid as needed; storing any unused
transmission fluid in tightly capped containers so as to prevent
it from being spilled or contaminated with other materials; and
purchasing, if possible,recycled transmission fluid.
Transmission fluid is recyclable. To recycle transmission fluid,
place it in a clean, leak-proof container and recycle at any Hall
County compactor site or at the Hall County Recycling Center. It
is recycled with used oil.
Recycle transmission fluid if possible.
Transmission fluid should not be poured down drains (inside
or outside), in the storm sewer, or on the ground. This may cause
groundwater contamination and/or operational problems with the septic
system or wastewater treatment plant.
To minimize the quantity of paint that must be managed, buy only
as much paint as needed and store paint cans with tightly secured
lids upside down to prevent the paint from drying out.
If the paint cannot be used, then contact a local high school drama
department, charity, or church to see if they accept paint. However,
some restrictions apply, e.g., certain sites may only accept full
cans of paint. Latex paint can be recycled or reblended.
If the paint cannot be used up, given away, or recycled, then read
and follow the product's label for the manufacturer's instructions
on proper disposal.
Paint should not be poured down outside drains, into a storm
sewer, or on the ground. This may cause groundwater contamination
and/or problems with the septic system or wastewater treatment plant.
- Empty Paint Cans
Contact Hall County Resource Recovery at 770-535-8284 for current
information on recycling of empty paint cans. If it cannot be recycled,
then the empty container can be disposed of in a landfill.
- Full Cans Of Paint
Under state law, solidified paint can be legally disposed of in
a permitted, Subtitle D landfill. To solidify full cans of paint,
pour half the paint into a paper bag or box and mix with an absorbent
material (i.e., cat-boxfiller, shredded newspaper, or sawdust) to
absorb all free liquids and allow the mixture to harden. Place the
box or bag with solidified paint in the landfill. Mix absorbent
material with the remaining paint left in the can to absorb all
free liquids and allow the mixture to harden. Then discard the can
in the landfill.
- Partially Full Cans Of Paint
To solidify cans that are less than half full, pour enough absorbent
material into the can to absorb all free liquids. The can of solidified
paint may then be disposed of in the landfill. Under state law,
solidified paint can be legally disposed of in a permitted, Subtitle
D landfill. Small quantities of latex paint (i.e., paint in paint
brushes) can be poured slowly down an inside drain with a large
amount of additional water. However, paint should not be poured
down an inside drain if connected to a septic system.
Dry and harden paint and paint cans in a well ventilated area,
away from children and pets.
Resource Recovery Superintendent
1008 Chestnut Street
Gainesville, GA 30501
P.O. Drawer 1435
Gainesville, GA 30503
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