Lead-Based Paint and Debris

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Objects with Lead-Based Paint

If you are disposing of Solid Waste that is coated with lead-based paint, without removing the lead paint, you shall dispose of this waste following standard procedure for DEP Waste Type 13C Construction & Demolition Waste. Click here for rates and procedures.

Lead-Based Paint Chips

If you are disposing of the abated lead-based paint (chips):

  1. Abatement of lead-based paint should be performed by a Lead Abatement Contractor. Remember that the lead paint by itself is not the hazard, unless this material is ingested, it’s the dust from the abatement process that poses a great health risk.
  2. The abated lead paint shall be placed in plastic bags and sealed for disposal as Construction and Demolition Waste. 
  3. Jobs that produce large quantities of abated lead paint may choose to line a dumpster with plastic and seal the debris within that plastic once finished.  If this “bladder bag” method is chosen, it is the Solid Waste Hauler’s responsibility to ensure the bag continues to be securely closed at the time of disposal. 

Lead-Based Paint

Residents that have lead-based paint should bring it to our Household Hazardous Waste Drop Off.

Additional Information:

EPA website on Lead

A  USEPA memo dated July 31, 2000, entitled “Regulatory Status of Waste Generated by Contractors and Residents from Lead-Based paint Activities Conducted in Households”, explains that lead-based paint debris generated by contractors or residents can be treated as “household waste” and thus excluded from RCRA Subtitle C hazardous waste regulations.

On October 16, 2013, NJDEP provided further guidance that references the USEPA Memo dated July 31, 2000, and it classifies lead-based paint debris and abatement debris as NJDEP waste Type 13C Construction and Demolition Waste.  Click here to see the NJDEP guidance for “Lead-based Paint Abatement Debris Disposal.” 

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