Disposing of Household Hazardous Waste

The average household has quite a bit of hazardous waste. According to the EPA, the average household has as much as 100 pounds of hazardous waste. More importantly, you are likely not disposing of household hazardous waste properly as it’s not something you necessarily put much thought to.

Common Household Products that Contain Hazardous Material

Here are the most common types of household waste that should not be thrown in the regular trash.

  • Batteries
  • Light Bulbs
  • Latex Paint
  • Paint Solvents
  • Automotive Products (i.e. Oil, Fuel)
  • Aerosol Cans
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Beauty Products

 

Why Proper Disposal Is Important

The items listed above contain chemicals that are harmful to the environment and to people’s health. Improper disposal can put these dangerous chemicals into groundwater or release them into the air. Although the direct impact may not be apparent in your daily life, it truly can affect the area in which you live.

Disposing of Household HazardousWaste

Most cities and towns have a drop off center to assist with properly disposing of household hazardous waste. Residency and an annual fee may be required to use this center. Annual hazardous waste recycling events are also typically held and allow residents to drop off items for free. Visit the website for your community for more information.