Where can old nail polishes go, instead of trash?

Real Simple, one of my favorite magazines, had a blurb in its June issue about how to properly toss old bottles of nail polish. They shouldn’t just be thrown in the trash, because they include chemicals that can seep into the water table and contaminate it. All nail polish, even “eco-friendly” kinds, should be dropped off at a household hazardous waste (HHW) facility, along with hairspray and dye, house paints and pesticides. It is easy to locate your nearest HHW at www.Earth911.com by entering the item type and your zip code in the form at the bottom of the page. I recommend calling the facility first to make sure it is still open at the advertised times, and still accepts the item you want to discard.


The article doesn’t seem to be available on-line. Here’s an image of it instead, written by Andra Chantim:

Photo of an article from Real Simple, June 2014 on page 46: "eco-quandary: What is the most responsible way to dispose of old nail polish? Even 'eco-friendly' nail polishes (the ones labeled 3-FREE or 5-FREE) aren't safe for the environment, says Enesta Jones, a spokesperson for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. So, ideally, you should bring all your polishes to a household hazardous waste (HHW) facility. While you're there, you can also unload everything from hair dye to paint cans and pesticides. To find a collection site near you, visit earth911.com, click on Recycling Search, and input 'nail polish' and your ZIP code. If there isn't an HHW facility in your area, let the polishes dry out by loosening the caps and leaving them outside, away from flames for 48 hours, then throw them away. This process allows the solvents in the polish to break down and evaporate, which means that they won't seep into the groundwater surrounding a landfill, says Doug Schoon, the president of Schoon Scientific, a company that provides regulatory and technical consultation to the beauty industry.     --Andra Chantim"

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