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Household Hazardous Waste
Disposing of Household Hazardous Waste in Arkansas City

Waste Oil and Antifreeze

The Cowley County Transfer Station will accept used automobile oil to burn in a waste-oil heater. Do not mix the used oil with water or other products.  Used antifreeze should also be drained into its sturdy plastic container. Contact Cowley County Transfer Station (620-221-4307) for further instructions and disposal times.

Other Automotive Products Examples:  Transmission Fluids, Brake Fluids, Waste Oils, Tires


The best way to dispose of used automotive batteries is to return your old battery to the company from whom you are purchasing a new one. The law requires that they receive your old battery. You must notify the transfer station attendant that you have a car battery so that it can be properly recycled.  Alkaline batteries may be placed in your normal trash. Nickel cadmium (nicad) or lithium rechargeable batteries should be recycled.  Tell the transfer station attendant what type of batteries you have, and you will be directed to the proper container to safely recycle them.


The best way to dispose of any kind of paint is to use it all up. Consider applying a second or third coat if it allows you to avoid having to dispose of unused paint. To safely dispose of extra latex paint, leave the paint can open in a well-ventilated and secured area so that it can solidify. Dried latex paint is stable and does not pose a significant threat to ground water or soils. Once dried, the paint may be placed in the trash for disposal. Leave the lid off the paint can so the collection crews know the paint is dried completely. Oil based paints are more difficult to dry in a paint can. To expedite the paint drying process, pour the paint into a plastic-lined box to increase the exposed surface area, and mix with absorbent materials such as kitty litter or sawdust. All handling should be away from children and animals.

Paint/Finishing Products Examples:  Enamel or Oil-Based Paints, Rust Paints, Thinners and Turpentine, Furniture Strippers, Wood Preservatives, Stain/Finishes


Use pesticides according to label directions, but do not overuse them.  If the product's shelf life expires, or if you need assistance, contact the Cowley County Transfer Station (620-221-4307).

Garden/Pest Control Products Examples:

  • Pesticides, Household Insecticides
  • Fungicides
  • Arsenicals (Contain Lead Arsenic)
  • Botanicals (Made of Plants)
  • Carbonates
  • Cholorinated Hydrocarbons
  • Organo-Phosphates
  • Roach and Ant Killers
  • Rat and Mice Poisons
  • Herbicides

Solvents such as paint thinner can be reused by allowing the solids to settle to the bottom of the container, then pouring off the clear liquid into a well-labeled container for reuse later.  The solids can then be dried and thrown away.  Call the Cowley County Transfer Station (620-221-4307) to get specific disposal options.

Household/Cleaning Products Examples:

  • Oven Cleaners
  • Toilet Cleaners
  • Photographic Chemicals
  • Disinfectants
  • Drain Cleaners
  • Rug and Upholstery Cleaners
  • Floor and Furniture Cleaners
  • Bleach Cleaners
  • Mothballs
  • Pool Chemicals
  • Ammonia-Based Cleaners
  • Abrasive Cleaners or Powders
How can I avoid improperly disposing Household Hazardous Waste?

The best way to avoid improper disposal is to become a smart consumer. Here are some helpful tips for avoiding improper disposal:

  • Buy only the quantity of the hazardous product that you need to use. By purchasing only what you can immediately use, and using the entire product according to the manufacturer's directions, you will not have to worry about disposing of unused waste.
  • Buy the least toxic product that will do the job. Many jobs can be done with less or non-toxic products. For example, vinegar can be used as a nontoxic household cleaner.
  • Recycle! If you have leftover hazardous household material give it to someone else who might be able to use it all up. The best way to dispose of any hazardous household material is to use it all up properly.
All Arkansas City residents need to make sure to dispose of household hazardous waste safely.  Proper disposal of wastes as common as paint, cleaning solvents and motor oil will help ensure that the quality of life we value will continue into the future for our children.  If you have questions about how to dispose of household hazardous waste, please contact any of the agencies listed here.  Remember, we are here to help you help our environment.