Household Chemical Disposal
Every day you use chemicals in and around your home that can be hazardous to your family, pets and wildlife. It is important to dispose of these chemicals properly to ensure they don’t pollute our environment.
Products that are labeled as poisonous, toxic, corrosive, volatile, flammable, combustible or explosive or those that have alerts such as Danger, Caution or Warning, contain chemicals that are hazardous. Some examples include:
- Paint, stains and sealers
- Paint stripper and paint thinners
- Motor oil, antifreeze and vehicle fluids
- Cleaning agents
- Rust removers
- Drain and oven cleaner
- Wood preservatives
- Gasoline, kerosene and propane
- Mercury thermometers and thermostats
- Flourescent bulbs
- Pool chemicals
What can YOU do?
How you dispose of everyday household chemicals can impact water quality. Be the solution to water pollution by following these tips.
- If you have leftover hazardous household chemicals, recycle and dispose of products properly. Go to earth911.com to find local recycling center near you or contact your local government for information on proper disposal and collection events.
- Buy only what you need. You’ll prevent having leftovers and the need to dispose of them.
- Never pour materials or products down the storm drain, drainage ditch or surface waters.
- Purchase non-toxic or the least toxic material and products for the job.
- For cleaning products, consider making your own.
- Always follow the directions and guidelines listed on the product.
- Store products in their original packaging in covered areas such as a shed or garage.