Tox-Away Days

Warning Labels

Americans generate an estimated 1.6 million tons of household hazardous waste (HHW) every year.

HHW is common household chemicals and substances for which the owner no longer has a use.  It tends to be containers of half-used chemicals that accumulate under the kitchen sink, on the shelves in the garage and stacked up in the shed and barn.  These materials pile up because they are no longer needed, but homeowners are unsure of the proper way to dispose of the items.

Compiling a comprehensive list of HHW is nearly impossible so it may be helpful to provide some general guidance on how to identify these types of materials.  A good rule of thumb to use when pinpointing HHW around your home is the use of caution words that will be on the containers’ labels–words such as “flammable”, “toxic”, “poison” and “caution” all indicate that the chemical should be treated as HHW when it’s time to dispose of it.

Upcoming Tox-Away Days

Tox-Away Days are scheduled at various locations around the community each year to collect household hazardous wastes (HHW) and “problem wastes” from Hendricks County residents.

Sep
20
Sat
Tox-Away Day–Danville (#2) @ Hendricks County Fairgrounds & Conference Complex
Sep 20 @ 8:00 am – 1:00 pm

Our fourth Tox-Away Day of 2014 will be held at the Hendricks County Fairgrounds & Conference Complex, 1900 East Main Street, Danville, on September 20, from 8am to 1pm.  Please enter the event from East Main Street (Old US 36).    Households only, please.  Regulations prohibit  business wastes from being accepted.  Check here for more information.

Oct
18
Sat
Tox-Away Day–Plainfield @ Plainfield Middle School
Oct 18 @ 8:00 am – 1:00 pm

Our fifth Tox-Away Day of 2014 will be held at Plainfield Middle School, 985 South Longfellow Drive, Plainfield, IN 46168, on October 18, from 8am to 1pm.  Please enter the event from Longfellow Drive.   Households only, please.  Regulations prohibit  business wastes from being accepted.  Check here for more information.

 

For more information about item that are accepted, restrictions and fees for tires, electronics and appliances, click here.

Tox-Away Guidelines

Only residents of Hendricks County are allowed to utilize the District’s Tox-Away Day events. Regulations prohibit businesses from participating.

Latex paint should not be brought to Tox-Away Day for disposal. Latex paint is water-based, safe to dispose of with normal household trash and can easily be solidified by mixing sand or clay-based cat litter with the paint and allowing the mixture to harden. Once solidified, lids should be removed from paint cans so trash haulers can see that the paint has hardened.  Click here to view a paint drying demonstration video.

The following is a list of common item considered Household Hazardous Waste (HHW).  Materials should be left in their original containers, when possible.  All of the following items are accepted for free at every Tox-Away Day:

  • Chemicals:  acids, pesticides, herbicides, fuels, antifreeze, fluids, solvents, cleaners, etc.
  • Mercury-containing items:  thermometers, thermostats, fluorescent light bulbs (tubes & CFL’s), etc.
  • Fire extinguishers, oil filters, propane tanks
  • Batteries:  alkaline, rechargeable, automotive, etc.
  • Unwanted medicines (please leave medicines in their original containers) & medical sharps

 Tires, electronics (including TV’s, computers, laptops, monitors, cell phones, DVD players, VCRs, etc.) and appliances are also accepted at every Tox-Away Day. The following fees apply:

  • Appliances:
    • CFC Containing (refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, dehumidifiers, etc.):  $10 each
    • Non-CFC Containing (stoves, washers, dryers, microwaves, dishwashers, etc.):  $5 each
  • TV’s:
    • Standard Sizes:  $20 each
    • Big Screen/Console:  $25
  • Tires:
    • Car–first 6 are free, $2 per additional,  max. of 12
    • Truck–first 2 are free, $6 per additional, max. of 6
    • Farm–first 2 are free, $15 per additional, max. of 6

The following materials should not be brought to Tox-Away Day for disposal: Used Motor Oil (click here for list of local recyclers), Latex Paint (see above), Asbestos, Lab Chemicals, Explosives, Ammunition, Firearms, Radioactive Material, Infectious Waste, Medical Waste & Tires on Rims.

Click here to see a list of upcoming Tox-Away Days.