Household Hazardous Wastes are materials and chemicals that are toxic, flammable, corrosive, reactive, or explosive. They typically cannot be safely recycled or disposed of without a special center or collection event. These wastes can be a serious threat to water supplies and our local environment if they are improperly discarded with nonhazardous trash (put into a municipal solid waste landfill), dumped down the drain, or illegally dumped elsewhere.
The following are examples of common Household Hazardous Wastes.
- Oil-based paints
- Paint thinners
- Used motor oil
- Drain cleaners
- Old gasoline
- Cleaning products
- Double bagged and wetted asbestos
- Household batteries
- Lawn chemicals
- Pool chemicals
- Hobby chemicals
- Aerosol paints and pesticides
- Fluorescent lamp bulbs
- Old and outdated medicines and pharmaceuticals
No industrial, commercial, or business wastes can be accepted at a residential Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event, only residential wastes.