F.A.Q. Adhesives and Glues
The MCMUA operates one of NJ's most comprehensive household hazardous waste (HHW) programs. This F.A.Q. page and information on hazardous materials is intended as a guide about HHW materials as well as the MCMUA's HHW program. This information is a general guide and does not constitute official rule, regulation or law.
Hazardous Waste Materials
- Appliances (CFCs)
- Art & Crafts
- Batteries (Auto & Boat)
- Batteries, Household (dry cell)
- Cell Phones
- Compressed Gas Cylinders
- Driveway Sealer
- Fire Extinguishers
- Medical Waste
- Motor Oil & Filters
- Muriatic Acid (HCl)
- Paints & Stains
- Photo Chemicals
- Pool Chemicals
- Rock Salt
- Smoke Detectors
- Wood with Lead Paint
- Adhesives may contain solvents and other toxic chemicals.
Among glues, the safest choices are white glue, glue sticks, library paste, and yellow glue. Select them whenever possible.
- If you cannot use up an adhesive yourself, give it to someone who can, or take it to a household hazardous-waste collection site.
As a last resort, dry the adhesive. First, find a well-ventilated area away from children, pets, and sources of heat or flames— preferably outside. Wear chemical-resistant gloves, and avoid inhaling fumes.
MCMUA's Facility Database
- Solid Waste Facilities (All Types)
- Class "D" Recycling Facility (Special Waste)
- Hazardous Waste Facilities
- If you have a small amount of adhesive, open the container and let it dry. For larger amounts, spread the adhesive in thin layers on cardboard or newspapers. If the adhesive is in a tube, slit the tube for drying. For two-part adhesives, mix them together before letting them dry. When the adhesive has hardened, you can safely place it in the trash.
Water-based (non-combustible/ non-flammable) adhesives may be safely disposed of in the garbage.