LEFTOVER HOUSEHOLD PRODUCTS THAT POSE A THREAT TO HUMAN HEALTH AND THE ENVIRONMENT DUE TO THEIR FLAMMABILITY, TOXICITY, CORROSIVENESS, OR REACTIVITY
Certain common household products can contain ingredients hazardous to human health when not properly handled. Therefore, this category of waste requires special care when disposed of so that potentially toxic, reactive, corrosive, or flammable substances do not end up polluting our waterways or soils.
Household hazardous waste (HHW) can include expired medications, oil-based paints, mercury-containing devices (thermostats, CFL bulbs, etc.), cleaners and solvents, used motor oil, compressed gases, fertilizers, and pesticides. This is a living list that grows as more products hit the shelves – so pay attention to special disposal instructions and investigate local disposal resources. Most cities or counties have special HHW collection facilities that accept these types of materials on a regular basis or facilitate special “Tox-Away” days for residents. Get in touch with your solid waste management district to see how to properly dispose of your household hazardous waste in your area.