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What Makes Household Waste Hazardous?

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.
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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