Hazardous wastes are corrosive, toxic, reactive, or flammable materials which can be found in our homes and businesses. These materials can be harmful to people, wildlife, and the environment. These wastes must be taken to special facilities for disposal; it is illegal to put this type of waste in the trash, pour it down the storm drains or sewers, or dump it on the ground.
Examples of hazardous waste include:
Full aerosol cans
Household and automotive batteries
Latex and oil-based paints
Avoid buying these materials by using less toxic cleaners and natural pest control techniques whenever possible. Only buy what you need. If you have materials left over (such as paint), give it to a neighbor, friend, or relative who can use it.
Safely Storing & Transporting Your Materials to a Waste Collection Site
Store materials upright in their original labeled containers in a cool dry place (not your car). Do not mix different wastes together. Make sure all containers are sealed; if any are leaking, put them inside another container such as a box or plastic bag.