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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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  • Sally W. 1 day ago
    Whenever possible I buy non-aerosol bottles and reuse them all over the house. When the bottles crack or feel "nasty" I recycle them. I never reuse any pesticide spray bottle. Every second Saturday of the month we can drop off our hazardous household waste at our local landfill. They even have a dedicated place set aside for used electronics that is accessible all the hours they are open.
  • Michelle M. 20 days ago
    I just found a great service company in the US Mid-Atlantic, called Yuck Old Paint! They come to your home or business and take away old cans/buckets of paint in the original container, how easy! They check if the paint is still good and are able to use it for humanitarian projects, if it is no good, they process it for appropriate legal handling and disposal. www.YuckOldPaint.com 1-888-509-YUCK
  • Floyd G. 22 days ago
    We recycle our used motor oil at the local auto parts store.
  • Sarah F. 28 days ago
    It's true! Vinegar really works well on shower heads and around faucets. We have very hard water.
  • alicia renee M. 30 days ago
    APPLE CIDER VINEGAR IS A GREAT ALTERNATIVE TO HHW'S **IT EVEN CLEANS RUST & KEEPS RODENTS AWAY IN THE COLD MONTHS * JUST MIX WITH A LITTLW WATER IN A SPRAY BOTTLE & MAKE A BARRIER AROUND YOUR OUTSIDE NOOKS & CRANNIES OF YOUR HOME ! ★★
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