Controlling Hazardous Waste

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Proper Disposal Methods

Hazardous materials exist in our homes in many seemingly innocent forms such as paints and stains, cleansers and polishes, motor oil and antifreeze, and pesticides and herbicides, to name only a few. Typically, these products have the words "Danger", "Warning" or "Caution" on the label. These words are signals that you should be careful when using and disposing of these products. After all, we have only one environment to protect from these potentially dangerous chemicals.

Dangerous reactions are possible when hazardous materials are combined, so never mix used motor oil, antifreeze, gasoline, paint, paint thinner, pesticides, solvents or other potentially hazardous liquids together. RSWA urges everyone to protect the environment and never pour these items onto the ground or down a storm sewer . just bring them to RSWA for proper waste management. Just think, one quart of oil can contaminate 250,000 gallons of water! Hazardous material should also be segregated from your daily solid waste stream and stored safely pending proper disposal.

RSWA operates a household hazardous waste collection site at the Ivy location. Residents of the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County can bring the following items to the RSWA Ivy site, Monday through Saturday between the hours of 7:30 am and 4:00 pm:

Motor Oil
Please note:
Bring containers that you are able to handle and pour into thecollection tote. Do not leave containers.

Each year the RSWA holds a larger scale household hazardous waste collection day. On this day, RSWA accepts additional hazardous substances and ensures that they are properly categorized and directed to a permitted offsite hazardous substance management location. Information about the collection days can be found at the RWSA website.  The materials accepted on this day include:

Household Cleaners
Floor and Furniture Polish
Paint-Related Products and Solvents
Motor Oil

Items not accepted at any time include:
Propane Tanks
Radioactive Waste
Medical Waste

For more information about existing programs, please call the Rivanna Solid Waste Authority Manager, 434-296-3042.