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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.
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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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