Hazardous Waste at Home and Work

Were you aware that many products found in our homes and offices contain reactive, corrosive, ignitable, or toxic ingredients and are considered household hazardous waste? Paints, pesticides, oils, cleaners, and batteries all contain potentially hazardous components and caution must be taken when disposing of them.

What are some things you shouldn’t do to dispose of these products? Don’t place these items in your regular trash or pour them down the drain or flush them through the toilet. Doing so will contribute to water and environmental contamination. Instead, contact your local environmental protection agency or municipal transfer station to determine how to best, and safely, dispose of these items.

One of the easiest things you can do to reduce the presence of hazardous waste in your home or office is to limit or eliminate your purchase of toxic products. Purchase environmentally friendly cleaning products instead of toxic ones, purchase rechargeable batteries that can be used many times, and look for greener alternatives to any area which currently utilizes hazardous products.

So how do you dispose of these hazardous items when they are finished or you’re making the switch to less toxic alternatives? Your community may provide the following options:

  • Check with your local government to see if they have special drop-off or collection points for this household hazardous waste.
  • In smaller communities, there may be special days for collection of hazardous wastes including tires, electronics waste, paint, pesticides… Contacting your local transfer station should provide you with the information you need.
  • Contact local businesses as some may provide collection points for tires, cell phones, motor oil, and other items.

WasteCare Wants You to Remember: Even a little hazardous waste is still hazardous. Be sure to properly dispose of all toxic materials. Failure to do so endangers not only your family or employees but others in your community!