Asbestos, Commercial and Industrial Waste: Call Department of Environmental Protection at 941-4570.
Alkaline Batteries: Although you are encouraged to recycle these items whenever possible, alkaline batteries (AA, AAA, C&D) no longer contain dangerous levels of heavy metals and can be disposed of with your regular trash. Check with your municipality to find out if a recycling program exists in your community.
Ammunition: Call your local law enforcement agency.
Car, Lawn Mower, and Boat Batteries: Return them to the place where they were purchased or call One Steel Recycling in Bangor at 947-3710.
Fireworks, explosives: Call the Maine State Police at 1-800-452-4664.
Infectious & Biological Waste: Call Maine DEP Biological Waste Management at (207) 287-2651.
Latex Paint: Open the can to dry the paint. Kitty litter or commercial waste paint hardener can speed up the process. Once dry, dispose of paint with your regular trash.
Pharmaceuticals: Remove all labels, wrap them up and put in the trash. Do not flush down the drain. There are also special collections that are organized annually. These are announced in the media.
Propane Tanks: Take them to your local transfer station if they are accepted there or contact area propane vendors.
Rechargeable Batteries: Many nickel cadmium, lithium, small sealed lead, and nickel metal hydroxide batteries (often used in power tools, cell phones, camcorders) can be returned to businesses where those items are commonly sold, i.e. Radio Shack or WalMart for recycling. HCPC will also accept rechargeable batteries for recycling but we ask that you contact us at 667-7131 prior to dropping them off.
Smoke Detectors: Return to manufacturer or participating retailer (national program).
Miscellaneous Usable Items: You could donate items through “Freecycle Hancock” an on-line community of Hancock County residents who post and browse items that are still useful and available at no cost. Examples include baby items, appliances, televisions, VCRs, computer equipment, clothing, paint and other household items. More information is available at http://groups.freecycle.org/freecyclehancock/description or by calling HCPC.