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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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  • 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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