HoCo Connect: April 2014

Howard County Waste Disposal

We accept Howard County & City of Kokomo Resident's Hazardous Waste during regular business hours. We will have you stop in our front office and check in with the desk staff and fill out your paperwork at the time you drop off your materials. Landlords and businesses (non-profit, government, churches, etc.) all have to pay for recycling of hazardous waste. Prices may change throughout the year depending on the contract currently held by the disposal company and the District. For a current list of prices please contact the District at 765-456-2274 or click HCRD Fees.

How do I know if a Product is Hazardous?

A product is considered hazardous if it is corrosive, toxic, flammable, or reacts or ignites when mixed with other substances. The federal government has established labeling requirements for consumer products containing hazardous substances. Watch out for signal words on labels such as poison, danger, warning, and caution.

What's Under Your Kitchen Sink in Your Shed or Garage?

Many common household products contain ingredients which can harm people, pets, and our environment if handled or disposed of improperly. Most homes in Howard County contain three to ten gallons of these hazardous products. These include everyday items such as paint, thinners, insecticides pesticides, cleaners, and automotive fluid products.

What are the Dangers of Improper Disposal?

Care must be taken to dispose of hazardous products in the proper way to reduce the environmental impact and safety hazards caused by disposal. Toxic products carelessly tossed in the trash, can injure sanitation workers, damage collection vehicles, or leak into the environment. Similarly, when dumped down the drain some products can cause water pollution, and damage plumbing and septic systems. Products poured on the ground or in a storm sewer pollute our water supply.

How Can I Get Rid of My Leftover Products?

The best way to get rid of leftover products is to use them up or give them away to someone who can use them. Since this is not always possible, the Howard County Recycling District offers year round Household Hazardous Waste Collections. This facility is open every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 8am to 4pm, Wednesday 1pm to 4pm we are closed weekends and major holidays. This facility is for Howard County Households only, Business waste is prohibited.

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