Household Hazardous Waste

household chemical-bottles webAccording to the Environmental Protection Agency, leftover household products that contain corrosive, toxic, ignitable, or reactive ingredients are considered to be household hazardous waste.

Products, such as paints, cleaners, oils, batteries, and pesticides, that contain potentially hazardous ingredients require special care when you dispose of them.

For proper disposal of household hazardous waste :

Never pour chemicals down a sink drain or toilet, on the ground, or down a storm drain.

It’s important to read product labels for disposal directions to reduce the risk of products exploding, igniting, leaking, mixing with other chemicals, or posing other hazards on the way to a disposal facility. Empty containers can pose hazards because of the residual chemicals that might remain.

Poison-Danger-Sign-for webIn addition, clean up leaks and spills using an absorbent material, such as kitty litter or sand. Sweep up immediately and dispose of properly.

Consider replacing household chemicals with healthier, safer alternatives.


Federal law allows disposal of hazardous household materials into the trash, however the EPA encourages participation in a community collection program rather than simply discarding into the trash.

The Town of Sharon collects hazardous waste materials once a year, typically in June.  Call the Department of Public Works, 781-784-1525, for more information.


 

2 comments

  1. I didn’t know that old cleaners and batteries are consider ed hazardous waste. I have a whole bunch of old products like these that I need to throw away. Instead of putting them in the trash like I usually do, I’ll find a collection program in my community. Thanks for the advice!

  2. In our homes, there are plenty of chemicals that are hazardous. If we are going to get rid of them, then you better be sure to do it right. In the event of a spill or some other event, do know that there are people out there that specialize in the management of these hazardous materials.

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