Household lead-bearing waste

Remodeling and repair projects on homes built before 1978 can create many lead-bearing wastes including paint chips, door frames, windows, drop cloths, chemical stripper sludge, wastewater, sponges, filters and tape.
  • Keep all potential lead-bearing wastes out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Seal smaller debris like drop cloths, paint chips, sponges, gloves and disposable work clothes used during remodeling and cleanup in heavy-duty garbage bags.
  • Wrap larger debris in two layers of 6 mil plastic sheeting and seal with strong tape.
  • Liquid wastes, such as used paint strippers, must be solidified by mixing with an absorbent like kitty litter and allowed to dry completely before disposal.
  • Other household lead-bearing wastes such as batteries, thermostats and electronics should be recycled.
  • Household lead-bearing waste is exempt from hazardous waste regulatory requirements and can be disposed of in the trash whether generated by the homeowner or their contractor.


  • Residential waste management
    • Household hazardous waste collection programs
    • Preparing products to make them safer for disposal.
    • Residential electronics and computer waste.