Can you spot household hazardous waste?
Many of the products used for housework, gardening, home-improvement, or car maintenance contain hazardous materials. They can endanger your health and pollute the environment. Household toxics contain chemicals that are poisonous, corrosive, flammable or water-reactive. These include lawn and garden products, oil based paint and solvents, motor oil and auto supplies, household cleaners and aerosol sprays -- even bleach scouring powder.
Read the labels! Signal words for hazardous materials include DANGER, WARNING, CAUTION, and KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN.
MEDICAL WASTE, LEFTOVER MEDICINES AND SHARPS
Medical waste is dangerous to people, animals and the environment. Medical waste is considered a biological hazard and needs to be managed properly. Please click here for more information.
WHAT CAN I DO WITH LEFT OVER HAZARDOUS WASTE?
When leftover oil-based paint, lawn and garden chemicals, batteries, waste oil and other hazardous materials are thrown out, they become hazardous waste. Hazardous materials make up about 2% of the garbage going to landfills and solid waste incinerators. All too frequently, people are injured by these toxics in the trash.
Click the following link to go to the Web page for the Moderate Risk Waste Collection Facility of Lewis County, better known as the Hazo Hut.
What can I do to reduce the negative impact of hazardous materials on people and the environment?
- Switch to safer substitutes!
- Reduce the use of hazardous materials!
- Dispose of hazardous materials properly at the Hazo Hut.
- Recycle your used motor oil and spent antifreeze at Motor Oil Recycling.
- Use leftover paint, cleaning supplies, lawn and garden chemicals and automotive supplies found at the SWAP SHACK.
- For information about disposing of compact fluorescent lights, batteries and electronics from your home, please click on the following link.