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HHW-Disposal Know-How Makes For A Safer Summer 25

By Recyclebank |
In the wake of 4th of July celebrations, let’s remember to keep America safe and beautiful by properly disposing of our household hazardous waste (HHW). 
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Lead-acid batteries can’t be put in the trash or curbside recycling: They require special handling, which often legally must be provided by retailers.
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Household hazardous waste easily adds up over a year of maintaining a home and vehicle. Summertime is great for taking stock of what you still might use around the house and for determining what needs to be done with leftover chemicals or cans of paint you no longer need. Here’s some responsible disposal info on the most common HHW items.

What can you do right now to reduce HHW in your home?

1. Survey under your sink for bottles of chemicals that no longer contain enough to do their job. These leftovers only take up space and present a hazard to your family.

2. If you have a garage or storage unit, check it for used-up motor oil, old paint cans, and other chemicals you no longer need. Dispose of them at a local HHW-collection event.

3. For cleaning supplies, consider non-hazardous alternatives next time you shop.

4. Check your hauler, or your municipality's, website for HHW-disposal events, and look for disposal options in some retailers — you can often find auto-fluid disposal options at local garages, light-bulb- and battery-disposal options at hardware stores, and medical-disposal options at doctors' offices and pharmacies.

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  • Ellen E. 12 days ago
    Does anyone know what retailers will recycle batteries?
    • Lydia B. 8 days ago
      A number of stores will accept rechargeable batteries, but I'm not sure how many take the single-use ones. Stores like Batteries+ takes a variety of batteries, too. As far as larger car batteries, the quiz talked about auto shops. You might also try mail-in/take back programs. The aforementioned stores might have a better idea.
    • Ellen E. 8 days ago
      Thanks so much for taking the time to respond to my question. I will check out your suggestions.
    • Karen K. 5 days ago
      My favorite is The Battery Store. They sell specialty batteries, but I take all my dead batteries there.
    • Nicole Nemkovich M. 5 days ago
      The YMCA does in my town and maybe best buy?
    • Ellen E. 5 days ago
      Thanks Karen!
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  • Jamie G. 12 days ago
    Our community offers HHW collection the second Saturday of every month. We accumulate our used batteries, old paint and other items in the garage until we feel it is worth the 30 minute drive. It makes you stop and think when you pull up, the fact that the employees who handle the HHW are in what appears to be full hazmat suits!
  • Parys S. 14 days ago
    Weed killers and bug sprays
  • Ruth N. 15 days ago
    I will check with my pharmacy to see if they take full sharps containers for disposal. I've been storing them up until now. I would never want someone to be stuck with a used needle.
  • Alison D. 15 days ago
    I have an outbuilding where I keep some cleaning supplies, like sulfuric acid, and also the small propane tanks that you can do small welding jobs with. I dont know why I had never thought about such things before but we had a fire started by the roadside by a passing car and the fire came way too close to the outbuilding and I had to try to remember what was in the building to be able to alert the fire department. The next day I looked up the placards that went along with the products I had stored in the building, pulled out my paints and painted my own placards for said products and nailed them to the outside of the building at eye level. If I hadnt been at home during the fire to tell the firemen what was involved in the building it could have cost someone their life. Now I can rest easy knowing that IF that were to ever happen again , home or not, all the men have to do is look and they are alerted. So PLEASE< PLEASE< PLEASE consider doing this yourself, even if the only thing inside might be a gallon of gasoline for the lawn mower. Could be a life saver. :)
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