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Recyclopedia: Household Hazardous Waste

Household Hazardous Waste

North Americans generate over 1.76 million tons (over 3.5 billion pounds) of hazardous household waste (HHW) each year. Although HHW makes up a very small percentage of the waste stream, it causes a large part of the environmental damage that occurs in waste handling and disposal. Hazardous Waste consists of : Aerosol Cans, Antifreeze, Batteries, Cleaning Products, Cosmetics, Household insecticides, Lawn & Garden Care Products, Motor Oil, Paints and Solvents, Pet Care Products, Pharmaceuticals, and Propane Cylinders and other miscellaneous materials. HHW’s are sometimes disposed of improperly by individuals pouring wastes down the drain, on the ground, into storm sewers, or putting them out with the trash. The best strategy for us is to avoid hazardous materials if possible. If you can’t avoid using some hazardous products, safe disposal is very important – these materials should NEVER be put in the garbage or down the drain. Bring hazardous waste from your home to the Household Hazardous Waste Facility. Materials accepted include; paint, oil, antifreeze, pesticides, electronics, batteries, propane tanks, harmful cleaners, medicine and other hazardous products. Here is some information from the United States Environmental Protection Agency on Hazardous Waste: http://www.epa.gov/epaoswer/non-hw/househld/hhw.htm and some information from Canada: http://www.atl.ec.gc.ca/udo/put.html http://www.govlink.org/hazwaste/house/alternatives