Farmington and Farmington Hills residents can participate in fall Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Days held on October 1, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., at the Novi Civic Center at 45175 W. 10 Mile Rd., and on October 15, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., at the Recycling Authority, 20875 Mapleridge in Southfield.
Residents must provide proof of residency. Acceptable items include common household products such as cleaners, oil-based paints, herbicides, insecticides, and solvents. These materials can be safely disposed of by bringing them to the drop-off day in containers that are labeled and do not hold more than five gallons or weigh more than 50 pounds.
Fluorescent bulbs, including CFLs (energy saving compact fluorescent lights), are also accepted, and document shredding is available, with a three box or 100-pound limit per household.
Electronic waste is accepted including televisions, radios, computers, and computer components such as CPUs, monitors, printers, and keyboards. The following items are not accepted: commercial or business waste, unknowns over five gallons, smoke detectors, radioactive waste, ammunition or explosives.
Latex paint is not considered hazardous waste. If the can is full, pour some onto newspapers and then add sand or kitty litter to the amount left in the can. The remaining paint will solidify in a few days. Once it is completely solid, place the can in a plastic garbage bag and throw it out with your regular trash.
Learn more by calling RRRASOC (Resource Recovery and Recycling Authority of Southwest Oakland County) at 248-208- 2270 or visiting rrrasoc.org.