What is Household Hazardous Waste

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What is Household Hazardous Waste?

Typical hazardous products include pesticides, automotive fluids (i.e. gasoline, motor oil, antifreeze), home improvement products (varnish, stain, paint thinner, paint stripper, adhesives), and cleaning products (drain cleaner, pool chemicals, ammonia, bleach). The average home contains 60 to 100 pounds of hazardous chemicals.

Latex paint is not hazardous and can be disposed without the use of a hazardous waste drop-off program. See this link for more information about latex paint disposal.

Year round outlets (Recycling Outlets Page and Outlets for Odd Items Page) may be available for some of your material. Items may also be taken to a local household hazardous waste company for recycling.

To locate a local household hazardous waste company that will accept items for recycling, click here.

How to dispose of Latex Paint or pharmaceuticals.

Why should I properly store and dispose of hazardous products?

Household hazardous products pose a threat when improperly stored or disposed.

  • Household poisonings are the second leading cause of death related to injury in Hamilton County (tied with firearms).
  • Throwing away hazardous waste in your garbage can injure your waste collector when hazardous waste reacts with other materials in the garbage truck.
  • Dumping hazardous waste down the drain interferes with the wastewater treatment process.

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