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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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  • Azmina H. 2 hours ago
    Good to know
  • Marc C. 3 days ago
    Trump will truly ruin this country. :(
  • Gabrielle K. 14 days ago
    In a proper place.
  • Connie B. 20 days ago
    Our city has a HHW collection center. I collect paint, motor oil, tvs, batteries, etc. and drop them off several times a year.
  • Sally W. 1 month 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.
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