If you think putting fluorescent light bulbs in your regular garbage can or pouring cleansers down the sink is no big deal, think again.
The improper disposal of household hazardous items such as those can wreak havoc on the environment, as well as cause possible injury to garbage and recycling collection and landfill employees.
What is household hazardous waste exactly? Materials that contain corrosive, toxic, ignitable, or reactive ingredients.
The average home likely has several of those products lining the shelves, including detergents, bleach, paints, solvents, lawn and garden products, automobile fluids, pool chemicals, medications, and batteries.
And with improper disposal, those hazardous chemicals can contaminate the drinking water, which could have adverse effects on human, animal and plant life.
So what to do with those items?
Many communities offer collection programs for household hazardous waste.
There are also long-term household hazardous waste collection sites are available in Naperville and Rockford, according to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. They are open each Saturday and Sunday to provide area residents with ongoing locations to take their household hazardous waste.
Residents can cut down on their own household hazardous waste by reducing their purchases of products that contain hazardous ingredients.
The EPA recommends the use of environmentally friendly or natural products in place of multi-purpose household cleaners, toilet cleaners, laundry detergent, dish soap, dishwashing machine pods and gels, bug sprays and insect pest control.
For more information or any other questions, please visit Advanced Disposal at www.advanceddisposal.com.