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;
- fluorescent lights;
- 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 207-848-1010. 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 Hermon 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.
Electronics can go to North Coast Services, which is co-located with the Pine Tree Waste facility in Hampden. Call Billy Andrews at 812-1931 to set up a drop-off time.
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.
Car, lawn mower, and boat batteries
Residents should consider returning these to the place they were purchased or call AIM at 207-947-3710 to inquire about disposal.
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
May be recycled at Ace Hardware in Hermon.
Residents can bring mercury thermostats to any of a number of electrical supply stores in Bangor. Use the search term “help me recycle” in your browser to get the Maine DEP map showing all available locations (https://www.maine.gov/dep/gis/datamaps/brwm_recycling/).
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:
- Pine Tree Waste (call 207-862-4200 Ext. 220);
- Wesco Distribution (call 207-942-6713) or;
- Evergreen Waste (call 207-942-1930)