Leftover household products that contain corrosive, toxic, ignitable, or reactive ingredients are considered to be “household hazardous waste” or “HHW.” Products, such as paints, cleaners, oils, batteries, and pesticides, that contain potentially hazardous ingredients require special care when you dispose of them.
Improper disposal of household hazardous wastes can include pouring them down the drain, on the ground, into storm sewers, or in some cases putting them out with the trash. The dangers of such disposal methods might not be immediately obvious, but improper disposal of these wastes can pollute the environment and pose a threat to human health. There are disposable sites in our community that offer a variety of options for conveniently and safely managing HHW.
Our community offers organized events that allow you to drop off these types of products at no cost. These events are generally advertised to the community & posted on our Facebook Page.
What To Bring
- Cleaning supplies (window cleaners, drain cleaner, bathroom cleaner and any products containing bleach or ammonia)
- Old pesticides and insecticides
- Swimming pool chemicals
- Weed killers not currently approved for use
- Old paint removers
- Old or toxic wood preservatives
- Fluorescent light ballasts
- Thermostats containing mercury
What Not To Bring
- No latex, lead & oil-based paints (Year around collection sites: www.PaintCare.org)
- No explosives
- No radioactive materials
- No ammunition
- No medical or biological waste
- No commercial or industrial waste
- No waste in containers larger than 5 gal
- No 55-gallon drums
- No metal canisters/fire extinguishers
- No propane tanks
- No asbestos
Hazardous Waste Prevention Tips
- Buy only what you need, then use it up.
- If you end up with products left over, share them with family, friends and neighbors.
- Read the labels before you buy . Watch for words like “danger,” “warning” and “caution.” Follow the directions carefully.
- Whenever possible, consider using a safer alternative.
- Dispose of these items safely – at our Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Events.