HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE
What Is Household Hazardous Waste?
Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) is generally defined as a household waste that is either explosive, flammable, toxic, reactive or corrosive . Common HHW includes oil-based paints, thinners, pool chemicals, pesticides, mercury thermometers, and gasoline. These items are usually found under your kitchen or bathroom sink, and also in your garage.
Here are some examples:
Look for words on the label like: WARNING, STRONG OXIDIZER
Examples: Few consumer products still on the market are explosive. However, some older explosive products may still be stored in the home and certain products may react strongly causing fires or explosions if mixed together. Specific examples include chlorinated pool chemicals, sodium hypochlorite, some peroxides, rechargeable (lithium-ion) batteries.
Look for words on the label like: EXTREMELY or HIGHLY FLAMMABLE KEEP AWAY FROM ANY SOURCE OF IGNITION or FLAMES
Examples include: Gasoline, kerosene, fuel oil, butane, oil based paints, paint thinners, and solvents.
Look for words on the label like: HARMFUL OR FATAL IF SWALLOWED USE ONLY IN WELL VENTILATED AREA
Examples include: Pesticides, weed killers, antifreeze, paint strippers, some solvents & cleaners, mothballs, rodent bait, items containing mercury, such as some thermometers, fluorescent and halogen lightbulbs, non-digital thermostats.
Look for words on the label like: CORROSIVE AVOID CONTACT WITH SKIN OR EYES CAN CAUSE SEVERE BURNS ON CONTACT
Examples include: Drain cleaners, rust removers, oven cleaners, toilet bowl cleaners, lead-acid batteries and acids
Items that are not considered HHW
Special disposal or pickup required:
- Radioactive material
- Unknown gases
- Controlled substances
- Medical needles / syringes
- Smoke detectors
- Propane tanks
- Latex paints
Recyclable at Transfer Station:
- Electronic devices
Disposable in your regular trash:
- Empty non-toxic aerosol cans
- Household non-rechargeable batteries
- Empty paint cans