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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)

MANAGING HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTEHousehold Hazardous Waste

You can reduce the amount of household hazardous waste you produce by following these best management practices:

Read labels; purchase the least toxic products for your home. Products are not labeled “hazardous,” so look for these key words:

  • DANGER: highly toxic, flammable or corrosive
  • POISON: highly toxic
  • WARNING: moderately toxic
  • CAUTION: slightly toxic

Buy only what you need. Use the product correctly (wear the proper protection and use the right amount). Reseal the unused portion of products between uses. Store products safely.  Do not mix chemicals together! Bring excess products to a local collection center for proper disposal. Household Hazardous Waste Facts

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

Improper storage of chemicals in your home could prove harmful to children or pets, and could pose a fire hazard. Chemicals poured down the drain pollute our drinking water and can contaminate septic tanks or wastewater treatment facilities. When thrown in the trash, some household hazardous waste could harm sanitation workers. What we do with our household hazardous waste can affect everyone!

Universal Waste Management

Universal Waste also contained hazardous components that are dangerous to people, animals, and the environment.  Components include mercury, lead, sodium, and petroleum derivatives.  Collier County accepts these waste products at its local collection centers.Household Hazardous Waste 3

Examples of Universal Waste:                        

  • Fluorescent and Compact Bulbs
  • Ballasts Containing PCB's EPA.gov   
  • Batteries Call 2 Recycle
  • New/Used Motor Oil
  • Hydraulic Fluid

OTHER TYPES OF HARMFUL WASTES:

Pharmaceuticals

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