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Waste Disposal

This page is to help Longmont residents find information on proper disposal of wastes.

Residents of Colorado are exempt from Colorado hazardous wastes regulations. Businesses have different regulatory requirements for waste disposal and should contact the Pollution Prevention Program for more information.

Aerosol Cans

Automotive

Batteries

Electronics

Hazardous Wastes

Lighting Wastes

Medical Wastes

Oil

Paint

Pesticides and other biocides

Photography Wastes

Root Killers

Smoke Detectors

Solvents

Can't find it on the list to the left?

Look it up on the Ecocycle website.

Tips to keep in mind:

  • Before you buy, always check the label to see if the product is hazardous. Find out what the proper disposal is. Can another less harmful product be substituted?
  • When you are done using the product, determine if the unused portion is still usable. For example, you have an unused gallon of paint. Don't throw it out. Schools and theatre companies may be able to use paint supplies.
  • Check Public Works website for the next local household hazardous waste drop off event.
  • Year round, Longmont residents may use the Boulder County Hazardouse Waste Facility located in Boulder. Please call (303) 441-4800 for more information.

Links to Public Works Program and Events:

Christmas Trees

Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Event

Landfill Free Drop-Off Day

General information on Recycling

Curbside Recyling Program

Ecocycle location (Martin St.)

Motor Oil and Automotive Batteries

Trash Collection

Yard Wastes -Curbside Leaf & Limb Collections, Limb Diversion

Want more information added to this page? Send suggestions to:

Pollution Prevention Program: (303) 651-8667 or email

 

 

Aerosol Cans

PROBLEM: Aerosol cans sometimes need to be disgarded before they are empty. The sprayer may be damaged, the propellent spent or the contents are no longer used.

PREFERRED DISPOSAL: For cans that contain hazardous wastes, contact Public Works to see if they can be dropped off at next Household Hazardous Waste Drop Off Event. Or, call Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Center at (303) 441-4800.

OPTIONAL DISPOSAL: Aerosol cans can be placed in the trash.

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Automotive

Quick Links:

ANTIFREEZE/RADIATOR FLUIDS

PROBLEM: Radiator fluid (ethylene glycol) is poisonous. Used fluid can be contaminiated with heavy metals.

WHAT NOT TO DO:

PREFERRED DISPOSAL: Recycle at next Public Works' Household Hazardous Waste Drop Off Event. Or, call Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Center at (303) 441-4800. Or, check with your local mechanic or oil change center.

OPTIONAL DISPOSAL: Longmont residents may discharge small amounts of antifreeze to the sanitary sewer. Commercial businesses cannot do this.

REPORT ILLEGAL DISCHARGES: If you notice that radiator fluid is being dumped in the street or storm sewers, please report it to the City of Longmont. The City will visit the area and ensure that businesses and residents understand the environmental impact and the local recycling options available.

MOTOR OIL

PROBLEM: Oil is flammable, causes sewer blockages and is a hazardous waste. Used oil can be contaminated with heavy metals or other pollutants.

WHAT NOT TO DO:

PREFERRED DISPOSAL: Click here for updated information from Public Works.

REPORT ILLEGAL DISCHARGES: If you notice that oil is being dumped in the street or storm sewers, please report it to the City of Longmont. The City will visit the area and ensure that businesses and residents understand the environmental impact and the local recycling options available.

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Batteries

PROBLEM: Batteries contain heavy metals (lead, mercury, nickel, cadmium, lithium, silver, zinc and manganese) and corrosive electrolytic solutions that can pollute our environment.

BATTERIES USED IN CELL PHONES, PAGERS, COMPUTERS, CAMERAS AND OTHER ELETRONICS

CAR BATTERIES

PREFERRED DISPOSAL:

Hazardous waste containing batteries- find a local recycler on the Ecocycle website. Also, more information about computer disposal.

Newer alkaline batteries that are not hazardous wastes may be thrown in the trash.

Car batteries- Click here for updated information from Public Works.

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Electronic Wastes

COMPUTERS

PROBLEM: 70% of the heavy metals found in U.S. landfills originate from electronics.

PREFERRED DISPOSAL: There are many local businesses that will accept old computers and batteries from residents. A complete and up to date list can be found in EcoCycle's website. Look under the "hard to recycle" listings.

Computer companies also offer "take-back programs". For more information on the programs, rebates and fees, check out the appropriate website:

Company

Take-Back Program

Apple www.apple.com and search under "Apple recycles take-back program"
Dell www.dell.com and search under "recycle"
Gateway www.gateway.com and search under "recycle or reuse"
HP www.hp.com and search under "product recycling"
IBM www.ibm.com and search under "recycling service"

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Hazardous Wastes

PROBLEM: Hazardous wastes are products that need special treatment for disposal. If they are thrown in the trash or down the drain, they can have serious health and environmental impacts.

WHAT NOT TO DO:

PREFERRED DISPOSAL: Contact Public Works to see if the wastes can be dropped off at the Household Hazardous Waste Drop Off Event. Or, call Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Center at (303) 441-4800.

REPORT ILLEGAL DISCHARGES: If you notice any suspicious materials being dumped in the street or storm sewers, please report it to the City of Longmont. The City will visit the area and ensure that businesses and residents understand the environmental impact and the local recycling options available.

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Medical Wastes

SHARPS

PREFERRED DISPOSAL: Look at EcoCycle's website. Look under the "hard to recycle" listings.

OPTIONAL DISPOSAL: Place spent sharps in hard container that can be sealed. The container should be hard (plastic or other) to prevent accidental punctures. This can be disposed of to the trash.

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Paint

REPORT ILLEGAL DISCHARGES: If you notice that paint is being dumped in the street or storm sewers, please report it to the City of Longmont. The City will visit the area and ensure that businesses and residents understand the environmental impact and the local recycling options available.

LATEX OR WATER BASED

WHAT NOT TO DO:

PREFERRED DISPOSAL: Wash water from cleaning brushes and rollers can go down the sanitary sewer.

Small amounts of paint may be allowed to dry out completely, sealed and thrown in the trash.

For larger amounts of unused pain, contact local schools and theatre companies for reuse.

LEAD BASED

PREFERRED DISPOSAL: Contact Public Works to see if the wastes can be dropped off at the Household Hazardous Waste Drop Off Event. Or, call Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Center at (303) 441-4800.

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Biocides

Biocides are chemicals used to control pests and weeds. These include pesticides, fungicides, weed killers/herbicides, etc.

PREFERRED DISPOSAL: Contact Public Works to see if the wastes can be dropped off at the Household Hazardous Waste Drop Off Event. Or, call Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Center at (303) 441-4800.

REPORT ILLEGAL DISCHARGES: If you notice that suspicious materials are being dumped in the street or storm sewers, please report it to the City of Longmont. The City will visit the area and ensure that businesses and residents understand the environmental impact and the local recycling options available.

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Photography Wastes

PREFERRED DISPOSAL: Contact Public Works to see if the wastes can be dropped off at the Household Hazardous Waste Drop Off Event. Or, call Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Center at (303) 441-4800.

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Root Killers

Can chemical root killers be used in sewer drains? There is currently no prohibition to residents using these types of chemicals. These chemicals usually are high in copper (which is highly toxic to trees and causes the roots to dye) but the volume from one use would not harm our wastewater treatment plant. However, you should read the label to make sure you use the proper protective equipment and to ensure that the chemicals do not cause harm to your pipes. These chemicals should not be used for septic systems.

For proper disposal of old chemicals, look under biocides.

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Solvents

PREFERRED DISPOSAL: Contact Public Works to see if the wastes can be dropped off at the Household Hazardous Waste Drop Off Event. Or, call Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Center at (303) 441-4800.

REPORT ILLEGAL DISCHARGES: If you notice that suspicious materials are being dumped in the street or storm sewers, please report it to the City of Longmont. The City will visit the area and ensure that businesses and residents understand the environmental impact and the local recycling options available.

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Smoke Detectors

Smoke detectors may contain small amounts of radioactive material, but not enough to be considered a household hazardous waste. Households can dispose of smoke detectors with their regular trash or contact the manufacturer to see if they have a take back program. Businesses should use always use hazardous waste disposal contractors.

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This page was updated August 16, 2013
City of Longmont Public Works & Natural Resources
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