What is HHW?,
Household hazardous waste is the unwanted or unusable portion of
consumer products that contain substances that can harm people or the
environment. Unlike industrial hazardous wastes, household hazardous
wastes are not regulated. Most households can identify at least a few
products as hazardous. Household cleaners, paint, pesticides, batteries
and prescription medicines are just a few. They have made our lives
easier but they can also be toxic to our health and our environment when
we use them and when we throw them away.
Safe Handling of HHW,
Household cleaners and other products that may contain hazardous
ingredients should always be handled with care - during use, storage and
eventual transportation to a household hazardous waste collection
Do's and Don'ts of HHW, DO
use it up. Use products for their intended purpose and buy only as much as you need within a reasonable time period.
DO give the product to someone else who can use it. If you no longer need a product, find a friend who may be able to use it.
DO avoid buying hazardous products in the future.
Often, less toxic products are available. Also, resist the urge to buy
in bulk if you won't use the entire product, and note expiration date.
DO save the product for a municipal collection event
such as NO HAZ. If a product is expired or you cannot use it up, safely
store it until you can participate in a household hazardous waste
DON'T throw it in the garbage. Although not regulated, household hazardous waste should not go to the landfill.
DON'T poor into storm drains or gutters. Hazardous
products can travel directly to nearby waterways, poisoning wildlife,
plants or contaminating drinking water.
DON'T burn it. Burning off products like solvents or
gasoline adds to air pollution, may expose you to hazardous fumes, or
cause a fire or explosion.
DON'T dump or bury it. Hazardous chemicals may run off into waterways, or seep into groundwater.