Hazardous Waste Collection in the Neighborhood


Trinity Park Neighborhood Association (TPNA) will hold a hazardous waste collection day on Saturday, September 19, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. until 11:15 sharp.

Save your time and your gasoline – bring your items to the corner of Dacian Avenue and Watts Street. We will cart the materials to the City of Durham collection site at 1900 E. Club Boulevard. This service will be available to residents of Trinity Park only. TPNA membership materials will be available so we hope you will join, if you live in the neighborhood and are not already a TPNA member.

Please read the information below (from the City’s website) so that you are well informed about what materials we can and will/cannot and will not accept on September 19. Be considerate and please remember we are volunteers helping to make our neighborhood a better place. “Massive quantities of stuff” may be rejected and other reasonable limits may be imposed.

If you want to volunteer on September 19, 2015, please contact Julia Borbely-Brown via email at juliaborbelybrown@yahoo.com. We need at least one truck or van to transport the materials.

Acceptable Items from Households Only:

  • Dry cell batteries
  • Road flares
  • Dry Chemical Fire extinguishers
  • Florescent light bulbs
  • Household cleaners
  • Oil based paints ONLY
  • Garden chemicals
  • Mercury thermometers
  • Garden fertilizers
  • Aerosol cans
  • Gasoline
  • Petroleum based products
  • Lithium-ion, Nickel metal hydride (NiMH), Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cad) rechargeable batteries

Unacceptable Materials:

  • Alkaline Batteries
  • Cooking oil, motor oil, and antifreeze
  • Electronic waste
  • Explosives or ammunition
  • Lead acid cell batteries (car battery)
  • Medications or other medical wastes
  • Radioactive materials, including smoke detectors
  • Unknown or unlabeled materials

On September 19, 2015 we WILL NOT ACCEPT cooking oil, motor oil or antifreeze or any other unacceptable materials listed above.



Latex paint that has been fully dried can be safely disposed of in your household trash. Drying your paint instead of bringing it to the HHW Facility will help save the City up to $45,000 each year in unnecessary hazardous disposal fees. To dry your paint, simply add sand, kitty litter, or shredded paper to the paint and leave it in the sun to dry. Stir the can occasionally to make sure that the contents are dry throughout. This may take a few weeks depending on the amount of paint. Keep the can out of reach of children, animals and heat sources. Take precautions to prevent spillage. Cans with only a little bit of LATEX paint will dry much quicker than almost full cans. Once the paint is fully dry, the can may be placed in a regular garbage bag and in your green cart. But before you do, make sure the entire can is dry, and not just a thin dry layer on top. If you don’t have the time to dry your latex paint, or if the can is almost full, latex paint is accepted at the HHW facility. But you will have to cart it there yourself.

Thank you for understanding.