|What you should know about Household Hazardous Products
FIRST - IDENTIFY THEM, look for the following words and phrases on labels:
Harmful if Swallowed
Do Not Mix
Wear Rubber Gloves
USE IT UP:
Always read labels and follow directions carefully. If you can’t use a product up, try to find a neighbor, friend, or community organization (high school drama or art department!) who can.
DON’T LET PRODUCTS GO TO WASTE:
Buy only what is needed to do the job. Avoid over- purchasing with the thought it can be used later.
USE ENVIRONMENTALLY SAFE PRODUCTS:
Use latex paints instead of oil-based paints. Look for products that say: Environmentally safe, Biodegradable, Contains no phosphorus, Non-toxic, Non-corrosive.
STORE IN A COOL DRY PLACE:
Between collection events or trips to the recycle center, keep all hazardous products in original containers with lids fastened securely. Do not mix, combine, or consolidate them.
||RECYCLE OR TAKE TO COLLECTION SITE:
Never throw hazardous products away with your regular trash.
Motor oil, brake and transmission fluid, antifreeze, and car batteries can be recycled at most auto service facilities or auto parts stores.
||DISPOSE OF IT CORRECTLY:
Household chemicals, fluorescent light bulbs, and batteries should be taken the Dallas County Home Chemical Collection Center for recycling and/or disposal.
Electronics Recycling, Document Shredding, and Drug Take Back Events:
The Home Chemical Collection Center is able to accept SMALL household electronics (laptops, cell phones, etc.) Other electronics (TV's, microwaves and such) are collected at one of the events sponsored by the Richardson Citizens Police Academy Association Alumni (CPAAA). Upcoming events are posted on our
News & Events page.
The City of Richardson and Retire PX have partnered up to offer residents of Richardson a way to recycle their old computer and electronics equipment. Rates for computers and electronics are $1.00 per pound. All hard drives are wiped clean; however, if residents choose to have their hard drives destroyed, a $10 charge will apply. Retire PC is located at 1201 Exchange Dr. between Arapaho Rd. and Collins Blvd. They can be reached at (972) 231-6600 for any questions and items that they accept. They are open Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
In addition, Retire PC now accepts televisions for recycling. Pricing for computer monitors, at $1.00 per pound.
Businesses can also use this service by contacting Justin Parker at (972) 231-6600 ext. 233.
Please Note: payment must be made in cash.
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has two manufacturer take-back programs that offer recycling opportunities: Texas Recycles TVs and Texas Recycles Computers. Check them out for additional ways to recycle your old electronics.
Printable FAQ sheet
The easiest way to deal with left over paint is to not have any!
The best way to not have leftover paint is to buy the right amount, try this handy paint estimator:
HANDY PAINT ESTIMATOR
However, when you do have left over paint, try some of the following tips:
Save excess paint for touchups—take a sheet of plastic wrap, place it over the opening of the paint can. Secure the lid on top of the plastic wrap, tapping the top with a hammer (cover the lid with a cloth). Store the can of paint upside down and protected from extremes in temperature. This will ensure that the paint will be usable the next time you want to use it.
Use it up!
- Save excess paint for touchups—take a sheet of plastic wrap, place it over the opening of the paint can. Secure the lid on top of the plastic wrap, tapping the top with a hammer (cover the lid with a cloth). Store the can of paint upside down and protected from extremes in temperature. This will ensure that the paint will be usable the next time you want to use it.
- Give excess paint to a relative, neighbor, neighborhood group, school, church, handi-crafter, or theater group for use.
- Paint an old board or inside of the garage.
- Double coat your project!
Dry it up!
- Latex (water based) paint can be disposed of in your regular trash IF it has been thoroughly dried & hardened!
- Pour layers of paint into a shallow box lined with plastic, letting the layers dry in between. When all layers are dried, place box in trash.
- If a can is 1/3 full or less, let the paint air dry in the can. Adding absorbent material, such as kitty litter, will help speed up the drying process.
Dispose of it!
Enamel (oil based) paint must be disposed of properly. Please call the Dallas Area Household Hazardous Waste Network, 214-553-1765 for information regarding local collection events & the Home Chemical Collection Center located in Dallas.
For information on RECYCLING, please contact the City of Richardson recycling coordinator at (972) 744-4410 or (972) 744-4111.