Tenth Annual DEQ
Paint Swap / Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day
Saturday, April 29, 2000
Just in Time for Earth Day! It's the tenth annual Paint Swap and Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day, co-sponsored by the Louisiana DEQ and Dow USA.
Paints, insecticides, pesticides, cleaning products, volatile solvents, used motor oil, and other materials will be collected on Saturday, April 29, 2000. Drop-off items from the general public will be accepted during this half-day activity, which runs from 8:00am to 12:00pm. The event is held in the parking lot of the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Headquarters at 7290 Bluebonnet Boulevard. (The public may drive through, entering from the Anselmo Lane entrance, located 1 block west of the Bluebonnet/Anselmo traffic light.)
Used Latex and Oil-Based Paints
Waste paint can cause a real disposal problem, so take advantage of this half-day event. During the annual DEQ Paint Swap, you can drop off partially used cans of paint. These paints can be donated to a local charity, such as the Salvation Army, an inner city redevelopment project, your church, or public school. For latex paints, DEQ uses the commonly preferred recycle method --- that is, to combine similar colors of latex paints into one container. Good, usable latex paints are mixed and given to community organizations in five-gallon containers. Oil-based paints and varnishes are not mixed; however, if cans contain a significant quantity, they are placed in an area where citizens and organizations can take them for free. For more general information about paint disposal and recycling, read the fact sheet " Household Paint Recycling and Disposal" on this web site.
Household Hazardous Waste
Did you know that many of the products that consumers use at home and routinely throw into the garbage---such as cleaners and insecticides---are actually quite similar to hazardous substances used in industrial processes?
Improper storage of hazardous products in the home may increase the risk of accidental poisoning, and disposal of these products in ordinary garbage may lead to fires in dumpsters or contamination of the groundwater under solid waste landfills. Household hazardous materials poured down drains go directly into septic tanks or sewage treatment plants that often cannot properly treat such hazardous substances.
Dow USA has co-sponsored the Household Hazardous Waste Collection with the Department of Environmental Quality for many years. Since 1992, the increasingly popular event has been held at the DEQ headquarters site, accepting a wide range of household hazardous waste products from bleach to antifreeze to pesticides. Dow USA collects these materials and incinerates them free of charge at its facility in Plaquemine. Materials collected from the public during Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day has increased every year ----- a good sign that people are becoming more aware of the dangers of disposing household hazardous materials with regular household garbage. If you want to learn more about common materials in your home that are potentially hazardous, read the DEQ fact sheet " Household Hazardous Material" on this web site.
Articles on some past events: