Sheila_Fitzgerald / Shutterstock.com Nail Polish Remover Illegal in Garbage, Recycling & Drains Special Instructions Sheila_Fitzgerald / Shutterstock.com If the nail polish remover bottle is empty, please put the cap back on and place the capped empty bottle into the blue recycling cart. If the nail polish remover bottle still has some remover inside, it is considered hazardous waste and must be disposed of at the Hazardous Waste Facility: Hazardous Waste Collection Facility 889A Devlin Road, American Canyon | 1-800-984-9661 Every Friday & Saturday 9 AM – 4 PM Households: no appointment or fees Business: appointment only; fees charged Don’t Dump Down the Drain The EPA considers nail polish remover to be hazardous waste, and it needs to be disposed of as such. To keep waterways clean, never dump it down the drain. Keep Away From Heat Most nail polish removers contain acetone, which is highly flammable at room temperature, even when it evaporates into the air. Keep acetone away from heat, open flame and anything that may cause a static or electric spark. Ways to Reduce Remove Polish Without Acetone You can remove nail polish without using acetone, which is a harsh chemical. It may take a little extra time, but it can be safer for you and the environment. Check out this list of household products you can remove polish with instead. Ways to Reuse Use Up Leftover Polish Remover Nail polish remover can be used in many ways, from cleaning dirty keyboards to scuffed vinyl flooring to stained porcelain. Check out more ideas for repurposing nail polish remover. Did You Know? Why So Cold? Acetone, the chemical in traditional nail polish remover, feels cold on your skin because of the speed at which it evaporates. Evaporation draws heat out, leaving a cold feeling behind.