Common Household Hazardous Wastes

Must have information for dealing with household hazardous waste clean-up.

  1. Household hazardous wastes require special handling.
  2. Being informed can help you make smarter, safer disposal decisions.
  3. You will likely find at least one thing you thought was safe to toss, but is on the list of common household hazardous waste materials.
  4. These items should not be mixed with your regular garbage or recyclables.

Household hazardous Waste

These are products that consist of materials that pose potential threats to people and the environment. They are considered hazardous waste. Here is a list of materials most of us have in & around our homes that we may not have thought were harmful:

  • Pesticides
  • Insect sprays
  • Herbicides
  • Rust removers
  • Swimming pool chemicals
  • Wood preservatives
  • Chlorine Bleach
  • Drain openers
  • Corrosive chemicals (non-commercial)
  • Lye
  • Muriatic acid
  • Hobby chemicals
  • Lubricants
  • Used motor oil
  • Used transmission fluid
  • Gear oil
  • Paint products including oil, latex, spray and stripper
  • Paint thinners
  • Automotive chemicals including waxes, polish, carburetor cleaner, brake fluid, gasoline and antifreeze
  • Batteries

To understand more about how to dispose of these materials properly, contact a hazardous waste disposal site near where you live. They should be able to answer questions or concerns you may have. Also they can safely process these materials.