As a REALTOR, we understand the importance of maintaining a safe and healthy home environment for our clients. However, one aspect of home ownership that often gets overlooked is the proper disposal of household hazardous waste. From cleaning supplies to old paint cans, household hazardous waste poses a risk to both human health and the environment if not disposed of correctly. In this blog post, we’ll explore some disposal options for household hazardous waste to help maintain a safe and eco-friendly home.

Where do I take materials that PaintCare doesn’t accept?

PaintCare drop-off sites accept:

  • latex house paint
  • oil-based house paint
  • primer
  • stains and sealers
  • varnish and shellac

PaintCare drop-off sites do not accept:

  • paint thinner
  • two-component paints
  • aerosols
  • other chemicals
  • unlabeled or leaking containers

Disposal Options for Household Hazardous Waste:

Facilities that accept HHW:

Environmental Services:

  • Clean Harbors | South Portland | 207-799-8111
  • Enpro | South Portland | 207-799-0850

Collection Events:

  • Obsolete Pesticide Collection | The Maine Board of Pesticides Control holds colection events for banned and unusable pesticides from homes and farms. | | 207-287-2731

HHW Collection Events:

  • Many communities around Maine host household hazardous waste collection events. Contact your town office to find out when the next event near you will be.



Source: Maine Department of Environmental Protection |


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