Proper HHW Management Protects
Public Health and the Environment
Many common products are hazardous because they contain chemicals that are toxic, corrosive, flammable or reactive. Improper disposal (pouring down the drain, on the ground, into storm sewers, or in some cases putting them out with the trash) can harm the environment and a pose a threat to human health.
A little preparation now will save you a big headache later.
Fall is a time of year where a lot of HHW gets produced. Some of the most common HHW we see in the Spring are completely avoidable. Things like old gasoline from lawn mowers, and pool chemicals. Below are some tips on how you can reduce the amount of HHW you produce:
Lawn and Gardening
• Toward the end of the mowing season, buy smaller quantities of gas, use it up, or give it to a neighbor.
• When ready to store the mower for the winter, add a fuel stabilizer to leftover fuel or completely drain into a clean safety can.
• Store the fuel away from freezing temperatures and sources of heat and flame.
• When mowing season returns, use old fuel in a ratio of 1:5 old to new.
• Properly-stored lawn and garden products can be effectively used for many seasons. Read labels for storage requirements.
At the end of the pool season, always follow the label directions for storage. If stored properly, pool chemicals will last through the winter. In general:
• Store pool chemicals in a cool, dry, well-ventilated place away from other household chemicals and ideally in a locked storage room.
• Ensure lids are securly attached.
• Store liquids below powders when on shelves.
• Keep chemicals away from heat, flame, and sunlight.
• Inventory chemicals when opening the pool next season and use older chemicals first.
• Do not mix old chemicals with new ones, even if they are the same type.
Remember, we do not want to see you in the Spring!
HHW Recycling Tips
HHW tips: when disposing
Read the label if you are unsure of appropriate disposal methods for a household chemical.Read more...
Here are some common types of HHW and estimates of how much they can weigh.* Using this calculator you can estimate what fees may apply.
|Quart of motor oil||2lbs|
|Bags of fertilizer||Up to 40lbs|
|Gallon of herbicide||8.5lbs|
|Gallon of gasoline||6lbs|
|5 Gal of driveway sealer (full)||50lbs|
|Quart can of paint||Up to 4lbs|
|Gallon can of paint||Up to 10 lbs|
|5 gallon can of paint||Up to 45lbs|
*These weights are estimates. Material will be weighed at the facility. All fees will be assessed at the time of drop-off.