Disposing of Hazardous Materials
Waste Disposal Hazardous
Some materials, if not properly discarded, pose a threat to the environment and human health.
Many products found in your home are potentially hazardous substances. Due to their chemical nature, they can poison, corrode, explode or ignite easily when handled improperly. It is illegal to dispose of household toxins in the trash, storm drains, the ground or pour them down the drain. The following are examples of these products:
Management of Household Toxins
According to the EPA, Americans generate 1.6 million tons of household hazardous waste every year. On average, every home has as much as 100 pounds of household hazardous waste sitting in their basements, garages and storage closets. Using the three “R”s you can ensure your household’s hazardous waste is properly managed and your family is kept safe.
Reduce: Limit the quantity by only purchasing the amount you need.
Reuse: Donate unused portions to friends or community organizations.
Recycle: Find out what is recyclable and follow proper recycling instructions.
Disposal: Safely dispose of other materials through available programs:
Exchanges: Some community facilities offer household hazardous waste collection year round. These will accept leftover or unused paint, solvents, pesticides, cleaning and automotive products. Taking them to these facilities allows them to be used again rather than discarded.
Collection Days: Special dates are set aside by communities for the collection of household hazardous waste. Check for potential dates in your area to find central locations where materials can be dropped off.
Collection Sites: Local businesses or permanent sites are available to recycle or properly dispose of hazardous waste. Find locations in your area by visiting Earth911.com.
Rechargeable Battery Recycling
The Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC) is dedicated to recycling used rechargeable batteries and old cell phones. Sites collect Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cd), Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH), Lithium Ion (Li-ion) and Small Sealed Lead (Pb) rechargeable batteries. Rechargeable batteries are the power source for cordless power tools, cellular and cordless phones, laptop computers and camcorders. If your batteries are alkaline or non-rechargeable, please contact your local Household Hazardous Waste office to learn how to properly dispose of your batteries.
Find local RBRC locations or visit www.rbrc.org/call2recycle.