Recycle Right

Done with Lawn and Pool Chemicals for the Season? Follow These Disposal Tips.

Testing pool chemicals

Sep 24, 2019

On a sunny summer day, who doesn’t love to swim in a crystal clear pool, lie on a lush green lawn or enjoy a garden filled with colorful flowers?

These idyllic scenes are often made possible by the use of chemicals like chlorine, fertilizer, pesticides and herbicides as well as gasoline for the lawn mower. And while these chemicals enhance our lawns and gardens, they can wreak havoc on our health and the environment. Fertilizers, for example, can contaminate our water supply, while gasoline can start fires and highly corrosive pool chemicals can cause explosions.

It’s crucial that you never put these types of household hazardous waste down the toilet, in a sink, down a storm drain or in your household garbage. Instead, follow these disposal tips:

  1. See if a neighbor can use your excess lawn chemicals. 
  2. Donate surplus pool chemicals to your community pool.
  3. Hold on to your chemicals longer, as most have longer shelf lives if stored properly.

If these aren’t options, you can always dispose of your lawn and pool chemicals through SWACO. We have a permanent drop-off location for household hazardous waste, and we host collection events in different communities throughout the year.

Household Hazardous Waste Center

  • 645 E. 8th Ave. (just south of the Ohio State Fairgrounds)
  • Open Wednesdays and Fridays noon to 6 p.m. and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Community Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events

  • Visit SWACO’s website to find out the dates, times and locations of upcoming events.

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