The handling and disposal of Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) has become quite a problem over the past couple decades. Items that used to be thrown into the trash, poured down the drain, or dumped in the grass have been proven to pose a health threat when disposed of improperly.
Products that are considered HHW are safe when used according to the manufacturer’s instructions, but become hazardous when they are thrown away in a manner that may leach chemicals into the soil or groundwater. Some examples of common HHW include oil-based paints, cleaners, used oils, batteries, household cleaners, fuel, pesticides or other items that contain potentially hazardous ingredients.
People can actually become sick from hazardous wastes that are dumped into soil when they are gardening or landscaping. These soil contaminants can then be tracked into the house. Even if the soil isn’t touched directly, the harmful chemicals can still be spread through the air when mowing the lawn or through natural means such as wind.
Pollution by improperly disposed of hazardous waste is completely avoidable and, since so much is now known about the harm that it causes, Household Hazardous Waste collection places have been set up around the area to assist you in your efforts to safely dispose of these items.
To find out about HHW Drop-off Days in your area, please call your county's Solid Waste Management District.
For more information on trash and material disposal visit www.wasteawaygroup.com.