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Frequently Asked Questions

Please check out the most frequently asked questions, if you need more information please contact us.


How do I dispose of latex paint?

The Tippecanoe County Solid Waste Management District doe NOT take latex paint. Please follow the steps below to properly dry and dispose of latex paint.

For cans less than half full:

-Pour clay cat litter or Oil dri (available at home improvement stores) in the paint can at 1:1 ratio.

-Stir and leave the lid off for a day or two.

-Set out with your regular trash with lid OFF so the wokers can see that it is dry, and they will pick it up.

For full cans:

-Line a box with a trash bag, pour the litter or Oil Dri in, and pour half of the paint on top.

-Add cat litter or Oil Dri to the paint remaining in the can.

-Mix and allow to dry.

-Set out with your regular trash with the lid OFF so the workers can see that it is dry and t heywill pick it up.

Does the Solid Waste Management District accept materials from businesses for free?

At this time the Solid Waste Managemnt District only provides free servics to households.

Does the Solid Waste Management District provide pick-up services?

No, the we currently only have drop-off servies for households. Please contact a private trash hauler or a city street and sanitation department for pick up services.


Can I just bury food scraps in the ground?

Yes! Dig down six to eight inches, then bury grains, fruit and vegetable scraps. This is deep enough to discourage animals from digging it up, but it still composts.

Are there other easy ways to compost fall leaves?

You can run over them with your mower and leave them on the lawn to decompose over winter. You can also rake them into a pile and mow over them. Presto - instant mulch! Either spread this mulch in your garden to decompose over winter, or save it in bags over the winter to mulch with in early summer. Putting down up to four inches of chopped up leaves on your garden plants helps the soil to retain moisture and supresses weeds so there's less weeding for you all summer.

How Do I Compost Leftover Food Scraps?

Many backyard compost systems use an enclosed bin to compost fruit, vegetable and grain scraps to exclude animals. Make your own by cutting out the bottom of a study plastic trash can and setting it in the ground about eight inches. Fill three quarters full with fall leaves, then add food scraps. Pull leaves over the food each time you add it. Continue to add leaves as the pile decomposes down.

Never add meat, dairy or grease to your pile.

You can also bring food waste and cooking oil to the West Lafayette Street department to feed the biodigester that helps to fuel the waste water treatment plant. For more information on this, see