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Hazardous Materials

Household Hazardous Waste Fact Sheet

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Automotive Supplies

Hazard

  • Automotive supplies contain pollutants, catch fire easily and are poisonous. A small amount of oil, if disposed of improperly, can contaminate large quantities of drinking water. Car batteries contain lead and sulfuric acid. The lead can contaminate the water and the acid can burn skin. Most automotive supplies are recyclable.

Disposal: 

  • Used motor oil turned into a collection center can be burned as fuel or re-refined for use as a lubricant.
  • When a car battery is traded in the lead and chemicals in the battery can be recovered.
  • Oil filters are drained and recycled. The metal is melted down and used to make new steel rebar. The cloth inside the filter is used as a fuel source in melt-down furnaces.
  • Automotive Waste Collection Sites

 

Paints

Hazard: 

Latex and solvent based paints can contain heavy metals and additives that can be toxic. Oil or solvent-based paint contains solvents that can be a hazard to your lungs. "Be Paint Wise - Buy the Right Size."

Disposal: 

Use the paint completely. Unused paint should be taken to a collection facility. Latex paint can be recycled into new paint. If they will not be used, take them to a household hazardous waste collection site.

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Household Cleaners

Hazard: 

Household cleaners may contain solvents that are hazardous to breathe and can get into the body and skin. Many are irritants and can react with ammonia to create a toxic gas. Polishes usually contain petroleum distillates, which catch fire easily and can be hazardous to breathe.

Disposal: 

Most hazardous household cleaners should be used up according to label directions or given to someone else to use. If they will not be used, take them to a household hazardous waste collection site.

Image of persticide containerPesticides

Hazard

Pesticides are chemicals designed to kill rodents, insects, plants, and micro-organisms. They can injure or potentially kill people by inhalation, ingestion or absorption through the skin.

Disposal: 

Take unwanted pesticides to ahousehold hazardous waste collection facility. Pesticides that have not been banned or restricted may be used up according to label directions.