Most factories and offices have a plan to deal with hazardous waste, but very few households have a similar plan to safely dispose of hazardous products. Batteries, cleaners, pesticides, light bulbs, and even medications are only a few items that should be disposed of properly and NOT flushed down a drain or placed in the garbage where they could potentially contaminate the streams and groundwater.
The following is a short list of the many products that require special handling and disposal:
- Batteries – automotive and rechargeable Antifreeze
- Light Bulbs – fluorescent and mercury Ammonia / Bleach
- Mercury Switches and Thermometers Cleaners / Solvents
- Oil Based Paints and Thinners Gasoline / Fuel
- Televisions, Computes & Electronics Used Oil & Filters
- Fireworks Pesticides
- Weed Killers Cooking Grease
- Pool Chemicals Medications
Many communities and private organizations have drop off locations where hazardous materials can be taken for proper handling and disposal. Check out your local newspaper for the time and place to dispose of your Household Hazardous Waste.
Pollution Prevention Starts At Home!