Improper disposal of household hazardous waste can pose serious environmental and human health threats if disposed of in your regular household waste. Some examples of household hazardous waste that should not be placed in your regular garbage include: paints; motor oil; fertilizers; fluorescent light bulbs; aerosol cans; batteries; cleansers; and insecticides. Explosive and flammable wastes can pose a threat to the garbage collectors and landfill employees. Household hazardous waste can also pollute groundwater, soil and air.
To avoid the potential risks associated with household hazardous wastes, it is important that people always monitor the use, storage, and disposal of products with potentially hazardous substances in their homes.
The Environmental Protection Agency recommends individuals follow several recommendations in their home. Use and store products containing hazardous substances carefully to prevent any accidents at home. Never store hazardous products in food containers; keep them in their original containers and never remove labels. Corroding containers will require special handling so it will be necessary to contact your local hazardous materials official or fire department for instructions. Never mix household hazardous waste with other products. Incompatible products might react, ignite, or explode, and contaminated waste products might become unrecyclable. Follow any instructions for use and disposal provided on product labels.
Call your local environmental, health, or solid waste agency for instructions on proper use and disposal and to learn about local HHW drop off programs and upcoming collection days.
Advanced Disposal does not handle household hazardous waste but they want to be sure all waste is handled with care and attention to protecting you and the environment. You are encouraged to visit your local Advanced Disposal facility page to find out where to take household hazardous waste in your area.
For more information or any other questions, please visit Advanced Disposal at www.advanceddisposal.com.