How to dispose of toxic household items in Indianapolis such as paint

We all have them: The old can of paint tucked on a shelf in the basement. Or the used batteries piling up in a drawer. Or maybe some pesticides shoved in a corner of the shed in the backyard. 

These may seem like ordinary household items, but they actually can pose a serious threat to human health and the environment if they aren’t disposed of properly. 

In fact, these items and others fall under the category of hazardous household waste. Pouring them down the drain, into storm sewers, on the ground or even just putting them out with the regular trash can create “significant” hazards, according to the Indiana Department of Environmental Management

It is illegal to open dump or open burn in Indiana, and all Hoosiers are responsible for properly disposing of their solid waste — including their hazardous household items.