Toxins & Household Hazardous Waste
Leftover household products that contain corrosive, toxic, ignitable, or reactive ingredients are considered to be "household hazardous waste" or "HHW." Products like paints, cleaners, oils, CFL bulbs, batteries, and pesticides contain potentially hazardous ingredients and require special care when you dispose of them.
The Environmental Department operates a facility located at the Logan Landfill in which residents can safely dispose of household hazardous wastes. Using this program keeps everyone safe by preventing dangerous fires and explosions. It also prevents soil and water contamination.
The following links explain how to recognize household hazardous wastes, manage them responsibly, and how to replace them with products that are not hazardous.
- EPA Household Hazardous Waste This US EPA guide provides basic information, identifies what products used in the home are hazardous, suggests ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle, and recommends proper disposal.
- Tox Town (requires Flash) Identifies toxics at home and in the workplace, sponsored by the National Library of Medicine.