Environmental Tips

Burning Trash

It is against the law to burn household trash in your yard.

Automobile Batteries

Automobile batteries, under state law, may not be legally disposed of in landfills or incinerators. In Georgia, automobile batteries must be returned to retailer for recycling.

Motor Oil

Motor oil should not be poured down drains, storm sewers, or on the ground. This may cause ground water contamination. To recycle motor oil, place it in a clean, leak-proof container and contact a local recycling center.


Unused paint should be given away to someone else to use. Neighbor, schools, non-profit organizations, theater groups etc. Under state law, solidified paints can be legally disposed of in a permitted subtitle ‘D’ Landfill. To solidify, leave the cap off the container or slit the tube. When it has solidified, the dried paint can then be disposed of in a landfill. If the paint cannot be solidified, then mix it with absorbent material, (sawdust, cat litter), to absorb the free liquid and allow to harden. Call the local landfill for disposal.


Freon is recyclable. Contact a local automobile service or a home cooling service with certified technicians for information on disposing of freon.


Kerosene is distilled from petroleum or shale oil. Kerosene is flammable, poisonous, and can be toxic if inhaled or absorbed through the skin. If kerosene cannot be used up or given away, mix it with an absorbent material or allow evaporation in a well-ventilated area away from children and pets. The container and absorbent material can be disposed of in the landfill. Kerosene is very dangerous and should not be mixed with gasoline. Great care must be taken when handling kerosene. Kerosene may produce invisible explosive vapors that may ignite by a small spark.