Household Hazardous Waste

To avoid the potential risks associated with household hazardous waste, it is important to always monitor the use, storage, and disposal of products with potentially hazardous substances in your home.

Hazardous Waste in Your Home

Most homes have:

  • Automotive supplies (antifreeze, gasoline, waste oil)
  • Chemicals to keep our homes clean
  • Chemicals to keep our yards green and weed-free
  • Oil based paints
  • Pesticides
  • Products for weather protection

Improper Disposal

Improper use, storage or disposal of chemicals can harm your family and pollute drinking water, lakes, streams and soil. Improper disposal of household hazardous waste include:

  • Pouring them down the drain
  • Pouring them on the ground
  • Pouring them into storm sewers
  • In some cases putting them in the regular trash

Proper Handling

Here are some quick tips for safe handling of household hazardous wastes: