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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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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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  • Hallie D. 4 months ago
    I got rid of all light bulbs except LED. I'm switching over to home made or non-toxic cleaners and I switched to rechargeable batteries. I'll be getting things ready for a trip to an HHW site soon.
  • John W. 5 months ago
    Tulsa has an HHW site that has a regular schedule of days to be open to Tulsa residents. Persons living in some adjacent communities can schedule in advance to take their hazardous household waste there on a specific day. It's making northeast Oklahoma a safer place to live!
  • Jo C. 5 months ago
    I have gotten rid of all light bulbs and switched to flourescent
  • Lillie S. 5 months ago
    The outdoor lights contain MERCURY!!!!???
  • Michael B. 6 months ago
    LEDs are better than CFLs for that reason AND more energy efficient
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