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What Makes Household Waste Hazardous?
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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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  • Maria C. 3 years ago
    Thank you for the information.
  • Ka L. 3 years ago
    Dirty diapers as HHW, ha.
  • Bev P. 3 years ago
    When I took my dad to the VA for his hearing checkups they had fishbowl to accept hearing aid batteries for proper disposal. Also since he didn't sleep with hearing aids in I learned to open the battery compartment so they wouldn't be draining and doubled life of batteries
  • Lillie S. 4 years 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. 4 years ago
    I enjoy re-uses of certain products for organization.
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