Never Toss Out Other Household Hazardous Waste

There are many common household products that contain toxic or reactive ingredients, and are therefore classified as “household hazardous waste.” It is important that you recognize these items for what they are and dispose of them properly, or else you risk poisoning the environment with your waste. There are safe and easy ways to recycle your household hazardous waste, and you can protect your community and your family.

 

What Is HHW?

Household hazardous waste (HHW) are any materials that are toxic when ingested by people or animals, flammable, or reactive. Typical HHW includes paint, cleaning agents, batteries, oil, and pesticides. Many people incorrectly dispose of these toxic materials by pouring them down the drain, on the ground, or into storm sewers. This is wrong, and is causing major damage to our planet.

Safe Disposal Options

When you safely recycle your HHW, you not only save the environment to unnecessary exposure to human-made toxins, but you also conserve resources and save energy that would be otherwise used to create more such products. Your community recycling center may have permanent collection facilities or programs for HHW. This is your best option, as you always know where to go with whatever HHW you generate in your household. If you don’t have a permanent collection option, there may be annual or bi-annual collection days where the local collection service allows for the drop-off of HHW. Lastly, you may be able to find local businesses that collect HHW, particularly motor fluids like oil and anti-freeze.

Protect Your Neighbors

Whichever recycling option you choose, be aware that the unsafe disposal of HHW could not only result in the poisoning of our environment, but also injury to sanitation workers. If you contaminate your sewers or septic tank with hazardous materials, you may cause real harm to the public employees who service your area.