Disposal of Household Hazardous Waste
What is Household Hazardous Waste? How do I know if the item I wish to dispose of is hazardous?
Household hazardous waste cannot be included in your regular trash that is collected curbside. Hazardous waste contain chemicals that pose significant environmental hazards if not properly disposed of. Common examples of household hazardous waste are as follows:
oil and latex paints;
pesticides and insecticides;
thermometers and thermostats;
oil and gasoline;
computer monitors, and;
cleaning products and chemicals.
If you have a question about whether the material you wish to dispose of is hazardous and if it should/should not be included in your regular trash collection, please contact Public Works at 992-4500. For items that are not appropriate to include in regular trash pick up, see below for disposal options.
How do I properly dispose of Household Hazardous Waste?
There are a number of options that Bangor residents can use to dispose of common household hazardous waste.
Pesticides / Insecticides
Once a year, usually in the Fall, the Maine Pesticide Board provides a free collection of obsolete pesticides. To participate, you must send in a registration form that will include information of what you plan to bring to the collection. The collection is free for all homeowners as well as non-corporate farmers and greenhouse operators. To learn more, please visit: http://www.thinkfirstspraylast.org
If you cannot participate in the annual obsolete pesticide collection, please call the Maine Board of Pesticides Control at 207-287-2731
Allow the paint to evaporate by taking the lid off. Cat litter can be added to the can to hasten drying time. Once the paint is dried out, place the can with contents into 2 trash bags. Place in normal trash for pickup.
Oil-Based Paints, Varnishes & Polyurethanes
Oil based paints, varnishes & polyurethanes are considered hazardous waste and must be properly disposed of. The best way to dispose of paint is to use it! If you cannot use it, try giving it away or donating it to an organization that can. Dispose of waste paint through the Maine Paint Care program: http://www.paintcare.org/drop-off-locations
Thermostats & Thermometers, Fluorescent Lightbulbs, Electronic Waste (TVs, Computers, Cell Phones, etc), etc.
Electronics End in Brewer has a facility to recycle electronic waste. Residents can drop off e-waste at their facility located at the East-West Industrial Park in Brewer, 173 Robertson Blvd. Please contact Electronics End (phone number:922-2094) for more information and to confirm their hours of operation. The Electronics End website is available at: http://www.electronicsend.com/ and includes a complete list of acceptable materials.
Electronics End hosts free collection events throughout the year. For more information, please call Electronics End at 922-2094. Otherwise, disposal of certain items is available for a nominal disposal fee.
Car, lawn mower, and boat batteries
Residents should consider returning these to the place they were purchased or call AIM at 947-3710 to inquire about disposal.
For all other household hazardous waste
You can contact the Bangor office of the Maine Department of Environmental Protection at (207) 941-4570 to find out about additional ways to dispose of hazardous waste. The Maine Environmental Depot, located in Lewiston, accepts household hazardous waste from any Maine citizen. To learn more about the depot, please call: (207) 786-7390.
In addition, residents can also inquire with the following local waste management facilities to inquire about hazardous waste disposal:
Pinetree (call 862-4200 Ext. 220);
Wesco (call 942-6713) or;
Evergreen (call 942-1930).
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