According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, “the average U.S. household generates more than 20 pounds of household hazardous waste per year,” some of which is acetone nail polish. Many people do not know the correct way to dispose of this hazardous waste and simply deposit it in the trash. In this case, it ends up in landfills and potentially affects groundwater over time. Acetone nail polish should be properly disposed of at a hazardous waste disposal facility.
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Locate a hazardous waste disposal facility in your area by contacting the United States Environmental Protection Agency or your local waste management facility.
Collect all bottles of acetone nail polish in your home. Place them in a covered container. Exercise caution when transporting the container to prevent the bottles from being jostled around and potentially breaking.
Bring the container of bottles to the local hazardous waste disposal facility for proper disposal. You may have to pay a fee to have the waste disposed of depending upon the amount of waste and your local hazardous waste disposal ordinances.
References and ResourcesUnited States Environmental Protection Agency: Household Hazardous Waste
Esther's Nail Center: How to Dispose Your Nail Polish Properly
United States Environmental Protection Agency: Treatment and Disposal