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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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  • Melissa K. 3 months 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 :-)
  • Julie T. 3 months ago
    In my county we leave those things beside the trash to be picked up and they dispose of them properly.
  • Christine Crain De H. 3 months ago
    I call our village hall to be sure what to do with hazardous materials. Was a good read above to learn more.
  • Susan S. 4 months ago
    When I went to clean out my folk's house after my mom passed away last year, I discovered a storage area in the basement of the house where my dad had stored cans of paint/chemicals he had used in remodeling houses. I called the recycling center to find out where I could dispose of these cans properly. They directed me to the Hazardous Materials Management Facility in a nearby city. I called this facility and was told I could dispose of 6 carts of cans of paint/chemicals a day, gave me the times and days the facility would accept household resident waste, and told me to bring my mom's recent utility bill. I ended up hauling 76 cans of paint/chemicals to the facility which filled up a little over 7 carts. Since I was from out-of-state, they let me drop off all 7 carts of paint and chemicals that day. It was a win-win situation for everyone.
  • Jen H. 4 months ago
    I call my county to see where I can recycle those things.
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