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Hazardous Wastes in Your Home

Common Household Hazardous Wastes Include but are Not Limited to:

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  • Antifreeze
  • Batteries
  • Drain cleaners
  • Electronic Wastes (TVs, computer monitors, cell phones, etc.)
  • Glue and Adhesives
  • Household cleaners
  • Oven cleaners
  • Paints
  • Pesticides
  • Pool Cleaners
  • Solvents
  • Waste containing Asbestos
  • Wastes containing Mercury (thermometers, fluorescent lights, etc)

In addition to those wastes listed above, household products that are hazardous waste can be identified from warnings on the product label. If the label information reads:

  •  Danger    
  •  Poison/Toxic means it can be poisonous when ingested (by eating or drinking), absorbed through skin, or inhaled (breathed) - even a little bit
  • Corrosive/Acid means it can eat or wear away at many materials including living tissue
  • Reactive/Explosive   means it can be explosive or produce a deadly gas
  • Ignitable/Flammable means it can easily catch fire
  • Environmental Hazard
  • Caution/Warning 

It's probably a hazardous waste and should not be disposed of in the garbage. When hazardous wastes aren't disposed of properly, those pose a threat to human and environmental health. These wastes must not be poured down the drain, disposed on the ground, or put in the trash.

 
Where to take your Wastes

Contact your local Household Hazardous Waste Facility (HHWF) for more information on Household Hazardous Waste.