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What Makes Household Waste Hazardous? 35

Did you know there’s a category of waste dedicated only to hazardous household materials? Learn to identify and handle household hazardous waste now!

Updated On 11/24/2016 | Originally Published On 10/08/2015
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Corrosive HHW (like battery acid) can corrode metal containers, and toxic HHW (like lead-based paint) is harmful or fatal when ingested or absorbed.
If you have HHW like leftover paint or motor oil, your best bet is to keep your eyes peeled for specialty collections or for drop-off locations.
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When you come across materials that might be corrosive, toxic, flammable, or reactive, how should you dispose of them? (Hint: Don’t toss them in the trash or the recycling bin!) Take this quiz to learn how to ID HHW, and find out what to do with it.

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  • Lillie S. 1 month ago
    How can they say dirty diapers are NOT hazardous! I think I have brain cancer from the 3 kids! :-)
    Food left in fridge for 3 months. These people obviously have NEVER had such experiences. They ARE hazardous, toxic, deadly and the end of all good things!
  • Patricia S. 7 months ago
    I enjoy re-uses of certain products for organization.
  • Myra R. 7 months ago
    recycling is fun and good for the envierment
  • Wanda S. 8 months ago
    I love learning about all of it
  • Melissa K. 1 year ago
    The manufacturing plant in town and the town dump both do a free day once a year when they take HHW, especially batteries. It's usually in the springtime, sometime soon actually - I keep everything I need to get rid of set aside until then - and I accept battery dropoff from my friends in the meantime :-)
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