Household hazardous waste disposal
Household hazardous waste is any product discarded from a home that contains volatile chemicals. These products:
- can ignite and cause a fire
- are corrosive and can eat away materials and destroy living tissue when contact occurs
- can be explosive and/or reactive and can release poisonous fumes when exposed to air, water or other chemicals
- are toxic or poisonous, either immediately or over a long period of time
Where can I properly dispose of household hazardous waste products?
You can dispose of household hazardous waste at
Hazardous waste should NEVER:
- be placed out for recycling/garbage collection
- be dumped in sewers, drains or open bodies of water
- be buried in the ground
- be burned
- be disposed of in landfills
Improper disposal of leftover hazardous waste products can:
- cause harmful chemicals to enter the environment and contaminate our land and water.
- cause long term health problems or seriously injure you, recycling/garbage collectors and landfill operators.
- damage the sewer in your home and the City's sewer system.
Examples of household hazardous waste products:
- aerosol cans
- antifreeze (radiator fluid)
- automotive batteries
- barbeque and camping fuel
- compressed gas cylinders / propane tanks
- chemical lawn fertilizers
- compact fluorescent lights (CFLs)
- household cleaners and disinfectants (toilet, oven or drain)
- herbicides (weed killers)
- insect repellent
- pesticides / insecticides (rodent and insect killers)
- paint brush cleaners / solvents
- latex and oil-based paints (oil-based/alkyd)
- disposal of regular garbage items that need special handling
- swimming pool chemicals
- varnish remover
- used oil products
Be a label reader
These danger symbols identify many hazardous waste products.
Use as much of the product as you can before you consider it waste. See if your family and friends can use it.
For additional information on proper disposal of household hazardous waste contact 311