Nail Polish Remover

Illegal in Garbage, Recycling & Drains
Special Instructions

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

sink drain

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.