Hazardous Waste

Look in any storage cabinet in your home. Products such as:

  • Drain opener
  • Furniture polish
  • Hair spray
  • Oven cleaner
  • Paint thinner
  • Pool chemicals
  • Spot remover

These products are hazardous because they contain chemicals that are:

  • Corrosive
  • Explosive
  • Flammable
  • Reactive
  • Toxic

Naming Hazardous Waste

When you look at these products you might not immediately recognize hazardous products by their name. 

When you see words like:

  • Acid
  • Caustic
  • Fungicide
  • Herbicide
  • Pesticide
  • Solvent

You know they are hazardous. But, sometimes the name may not tell you anything about the product. Read the label, especially the instructions, carefully.

Unfortunately, the absence of these words does not guarantee the product is without hazards. For example, methyl alcohol (found in some glass cleaners) can cause blindness if ingested, but may not require a warning if it makes up less than 4% of a product. Additionally, health effects from long term exposure may not even be considered in the labeling requirements.

Mercury Ban

Mercury Ban - as of January 1, 2008, the disposal of all products containing mercury in the trash is banned.

Items include but are not limited to:

  • Button cell batteries
  • Electrical switches and relays
  • Fluorescent light bulbs 
  • Thermometers
  • Thermostats