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Household Hazardous Waste

Some tasks around your home may require the use of products containing chemicals or hazardous components.  Some of these products include: paints, stains, varnishes, cleaners, polishes, automotive products, pesticides, and herbicides.  The used or leftover contents of these products are often referred to as “household hazardous waste” and require special care to dispose of them.  Improper disposal of household hazardous waste can include pouring them down the drain, onto the ground, into storm sewers, or putting them out with the trash.  Here are some tips to help you reduce the amount of household hazardous waste.

Think about the job at hand.  Read the labels carefully.  Look for an environmentally friendly alternative.  Choose the product that is right for the job.  Buy only what you can use.  Read the label and follow the directions for proper use.  Follow all safety precautions.  Use the recommended amount.  Follow directions for proper storage.  Keep lid tightly closed.  Keep product in original container with readable labels.  Share any product you cannot use with a friend or neighbor.  Follow the label directions for disposal.  Contact the manufacturer if no directions are provided.  Contact your local municipality or county recycling facility, or click here to find a facility to safely dispose of you Household Hazardous Waste.