Other Waste

Latex paint in solid form may be disposed of in the normal trash cart or with a special pickup after it has been solidified. To solidify paint, mix a solvent such as cat litter or sand with the paint. Use two parts cat litter/sand to one part paint and let it dry completely. If placing in the cart, seal and bag the solidified paint container. When using a special pickup, place the paint to the side of other items with the lid removed so we can see that it is solidified. Never put liquid paint in the trash or pour it down the drain, on the ground or into a waterway. Paint disposed of this way can contaminate soil and groundwater. When working with paint, plan projects wisely and only buy as much as needed. Oil based paint is considered a hazardous waste and must be disposed of through a hazardous waste collection. Use technology to offer paint for free on your Facebook page or list it on a giveaway site such as Freecycle. The Cape Girardeau ReStore will accept new, unopened sealed paint. Please contact them at 573-651-9080 or [email protected] for verification. 

Used Motor Oil and Other Acceptable Fluids
Used motor oil, power steering fluid, transmission fluid, differential oil, and kerosene oil are now accepted in our Fleet Division and reused to help heat our buildings. Regulations can be found on our recycling page.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection
The City periodically offers a grant-funded event to drop off household hazardous waste in conjunction with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the Southeast Missouri Solid Waste Management District. 

The next Household Hazardous Waste Collection day will be on April 1, 2023 from 9:00 am to noon at the Arena Park 4-H Shelter, 410 Kiwanis Drive.  More information can be found in the Household Hazardous Waste Collection flier 

  • Contact Info
  • 2007 Southern Expressway Cape Girardeau, MO 63703
  • Telephone 573.339.6351
  • Email [email protected]