A household product that contains hazardous substances becomes Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) once the consumer no longer has a use for it and disposes of it. Hazardous waste from households is not regulated as hazardous waste under federal and Indiana laws, but it is regulated as a solid waste. HHW includes such items as old paint and paint related products, pesticides, pool chemicals, drain cleaners, and degreasers and other car care products. Such consumer waste products, if carelessly managed, can create significant environmental and public health hazards. Therefore, careful management of the disposal of HHW is important for all Indiana residents.
Improper disposal of HHW can include pouring them down the drain, on the ground, into storm sewers, or in some cases putting them out with the regular trash. Residents seeking HHW disposal assistance should contact their local Solid Waste Management Districts.
Finding Your Local Solid Waste Management District
The Association of Indiana Solid Waste Management Districts (AISWMD) has developed several resources to assist those trying to find their local district.
- AISWMD Find Your District Tool:
- This page provides a search tool, allowing users to search by the district name, included county or counties, or contact name. Users are then directed to a page with contact information for the district.
- Marion County Residents (Toxdrop):
- Since Marion County does not have a Solid Waste Management District, residents should visit the city of Indianapolis Public Works website to obtain information about the responsible disposal of HHW in Marion County and the Indianapolis area.
- Indiana Solid Waste Management District Map:
- This map shows Indiana’s single and multi-county solid waste management districts by county.
- Household Hazardous Waste Fact Sheet (available on the IDEM Fact Sheets page)
- U.S. EPA: Safe Management of Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)
- What to do with Unwanted Medicines
- The use and disposal of household hazardous waste
- Laws, regulations, and policies that affect household hazardous waste
- How to Recycle Used Motor Oil
- Stop! Think Before Pouring Anything Down the Sink [PDF]