I went to drop off paint cans at the city's hazardous materials drop off event today. Having never been, I wasn't sure to expect, but it certainly wasn't what I experienced.

Instead of a "drive up and drop off your own crap" type of event that the free-dump weekends are, the hazardous materials drop off is a well-organized, hands-off affair. I drove up, showed my identification, drove around the corner with the car hatch open, and POOF! all of the paint cans were out of the car, followed by all of the dead batteries I had.


Whisked away by previously bored men and women in white painters outfits, which were probably ineffective for truly hazardous materials, but fine as protection from, oh, paint cans.

The car hatch was closed, and of I went. Total time? Less than 4 minutes.