Household Hazardous Waste
Household hazardous wastes include products that are toxic and harmful to the environment. Household hazardous wastes consist of dangerous chemicals that have the potential to catch fire, explode or negatively react, or have corrosive properties. Household hazardous waste (HHW) is that portion of a household product which is no longer usable, leftover or not wanted and has to be discarded or disposed. Many household products contain toxic ingredients and should not be discarded with the trash when other options are available.
There are many information sources about HHW and alternative products on the Internet. We have tried to pick a few of the best to include on this website, but encourage you to explore the Internet and find out more.
Household Hazardous Waste – This EPA website provides specific, helpful information to help you identify household products that could be harmful. It also provides information on storage and disposal.
Health & Safety Information / Household Products Database – The National Library of Medicine database includes brand-specific labels and Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) prepared by manufacturers.
- Buying just what you need and completely using up the product is another way of avoiding disposal of toxics into your trash.
- NEVER pour HHW products down a sink, toilet or bathtub drain unless the products are made for that purpose.
- NEVER pour used oil, pesticides and similar hazardous products on the ground or into storm drains.
- DON’T store hazardous products in containers other than their original packaging.
- DON’T remove labels from containers holding hazardous material.
- When leftovers remain, never mix HHW with other products.
- Follow product labels closely for use instructions and disposal information.
- DON’T hesitate to call your local health, environmental, or solid waste agency with further questions concerning proper use and disposal of the product.