Lead waste disposal

Important tips
  • Seal smaller trash like drop cloths, paint chips, sponges, gloves and disposable work clothes in heavy-duty garbage bags.
  • Wrap larger trash in two layers of 6 mil plastic sheeting and seal with strong tape.
  • Liquid wastes, such as used paint strippers, must be solidified by mixing with an absorbent like kitty litter and allowed to dry completely before disposal.
  • Batteries, thermostats and electronics should be recycled.
  • Keep all potential lead-bearing wastes out of the reach of children and pets.
Remodeling and repair projects on homes built before 1978 can create many lead-bearing wastes including paint chips, door frames, windows, drop cloths, chemical stripper sludge, wastewater, sponges, filters and tape. Household lead-bearing waste is exempt from hazardous waste regulatory requirements and can be disposed of in the trash whether generated by the homeowner or their contractor.
Residential waste management
Household hazardous waste collection programs, preparing products to make them safer for disposal, residential electronics and computer waste