Several chemicals found in everyday household and automotive products, such as bug sprays, paint solvents, batteries, bleach, and drain cleaners, contain toxic chemicals that are harmful to humans, pets and the environment. Rather than just dumping the leftovers into your regular garbage can, it's important to dispose of them properly.
Many products are too hazardous to be thrown into a regular landfill, so they are disposed of in different ways, which is why you need to separate them from typical garbage. Also, never pour one of these toxic products down a bathroom, sink or storm drain, or into the soil, as they can contaminate groundwater.
Here are some common household products that you need to get rid of via your city's hazardous waste disposal service.
1. Automobile Products
Car and truck batteries contain toxic acids, so they need to be handled carefully. Another way to dispose of a vehicle battery is by trading it in for a "core credit" at a car parts retailer when purchasing a new one. Hazardous waste recycling facilities will also accept household batteries, which also contain harmful acids, as well.
Other common automotive products that need to go to a toxic waste facility include gasoline, which is highly flammable, carburetor cleaners, brake fluid, and old oil and oil filters. Antifreeze is another extremely toxic product that is especially dangerous to pets, as it has a sweet taste that they may be attracted to.
2. Yard Care Products
The commercial products that you use to care for your yard and garden may also contain a variety of toxic chemicals. Some items that you'll need to dispose of in a toxic waste facility include pesticides, herbicides, and any non-organic fertilizers.
Leftover lighter fluid that you use on charcoal grills, kerosene for lighting outdoor lamps, and some pool and hot tub cleaners also need to be kept out of the regular garbage can.
3. Household Cleaners
Any household cleaners containing toxic chemicals such as chlorine bleach or ammonia need to go to a hazardous waste facility rather than down your drain. It's also important not to mix the products when disposing of them, as some chemicals create deadly gases when combined.
Other harmful household items include insect repellents, polyurethane floor sealants, kitchen and bathroom drain cleaners, paint, and paint thinners. Never throw old mercury-filled thermometers in the garbage either, as their contents are highly toxic to humans and pets.
If you need to dispose of any of the above materials, be sure to contact a hazardous waste disposal service.