Nail Polish: Don’t Throw it in the Trash!

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By EPA standards nail polish is considered a household hazardous waste, which means it can’t be discarded of like normal garbage. Surprising? Maybe not considering it’s chock-full of toxic chemicals, including formaldehyde (eek!). Not to mention it’s super flammable…

It’s important for nail polish to be disposed of properly to prevent environmental and public health hazards. For Austinites, check out our local household hazardous waste collection facility in southeast Austin. Keep it in mind not just for nail polish, but other toxic household products such as batteries, ammonia, bleach, paint, solvents and the like.

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Written by jmalsky

November 9, 2011 at 5:16 pm

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  1. where should we throw nail varnish? we don’t have any recycling places for them.


    December 2, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    • Hi Angela,

      That’s a great question, thanks for asking. The answer depends on where you are located. Are you in the US? A great resource for finding recycling centers in the US for various items is If you’re not in the US though, you might try emailing them and asking if they know where nail polish can be disposed of properly in countries abroad. Best of luck!

      Jessica Malsky, in.gredients team


      December 5, 2011 at 3:41 pm

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