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Hazardous Waste Disposal & Alternatives

The average home contains more than 60 hazardous products, which pose serious safety issues:

  • Hazardous waste can endanger the health and safety of people and pets.


  • Putting hazardous waste in the garbage or recycling puts collectors and sorters at risk.

  • Pouring them down the drain overloads sewage facilities and endangers fish and other animals.
Safe Hazardous Waste Disposal Options in Your Area, including free drop sites:




What Is Household Hazardous Waste?:

Material in containers labeled "Warning", "Caution", "Danger", or "Poison", such as:

Medical
Syringes
Pharmaceuticals
Mercury-containing thermometers

Hazardous Materials

Cleaners
Aerosol sprays
Disinfectants
Drain cleaners
Flea and roach killers
Spot removers
Toilet bowl cleaners
Metal polish
Oven cleaner
Solvents
Electronics
Computers
TVs
Cell phones

Mercury-containing Items
Fluorescent bulbs & tubes
Mercury thermostats
Nicad batteries

Lawn & Garden
Insecticides
Herbicides
Fertilizer

Paint-related Products
Paint, stain, varnish
Paint thinners
Paint strippers

Hazardous Materials

Automotive
Used motor oil
Used antifreeze
Gasoline
Vehicle batteries Brake fluid
Carburetor cleaner
Diesel fuel
Transmission fluid
Car polish or wax


Hobby & Recreation
Photographic chemicals
Chemistry set chemicals
Pool and spa chemicals



>Safe Alternative to Hazardous Household Products

Find and use the safest products

More information: Safer Alternative References:
  • Clean it Fast, Clean it Right - Edited Jeff Brendenberg, Rodale Press. Household tips from A to W (even a remedy for shrunken sweaters!) using common generic products.


  • Clean House, Clean Planet - Karen Logan, Pocket Books. Wealth of cleaning information and rates the effectiveness and cost estimates of alternatives.


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