Lead cleanup and disposal

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Important tips

  • Seal smaller trash like drop cloths, paint chips, sponges, gloves and disposable work clothes in heavy-duty garbage bags.
  • Wrap larger trash 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.
  • Batteries, thermostats and electronics should be recycled.
  • Keep all potential lead-bearing wastes out of the reach of children and pets.
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. 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.
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