Household Hazardous Waste Program:
Households often use and store many chemical products that are hazardous. Products such as paints, cleaners, oils, batteries, and pesticides contain potentially hazardous ingredients requiring special care when being disposed of. Improper disposal of these chemical products include pouring them down a drain, on the ground, into storm sewers, or 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 serious threat to human health.
All Solid & Hazardous Waste Management Division Recycling Drop-off Centers collect used oil, antifreeze, gasoline, diesel fuel, used oil filters, electronics, fluorescent bulbs and latex paint. These items are removed from our facilities by certified hazardous waste management vendors for final disposal, promoting a safe and healthy environment for our residents.
WHAT IS HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE?
Household hazardous waste is any hazardous material used in your home that is no longer needed or wanted. Hazardous materials are any solid, liquid, or gas that can harm people, other living organisms, property, or the environment. Hazardous waste can be grouped into one of the following categories:
TOXIC: Poisonous or lethal if inhaled, touched or swallowed. (Example: fertilizers, weed killers, pest control products)
- FLAMMABLE: Ignites easily. (Example: oil paint, thinner, glue, wax)
- CORROSIVE: Could cause permanent damage to cloth, metal or skin if touched. (Example: bleach, detergents, bathroom cleaners)
OXIDIZER: Produces deadly fumes or could cause an explosion. (Example: pool chemicals, drain cleaners, septic tank treatment)