Household Waste

Household hazardous wastes are household products that can cause injury or are harmful if not used, stored, or disposed of properly.

Many consumer products contain chemicals that may be hazardous to human health or the environment if improperly used, stored, or disposed. These chemicals become hazardous wastes when they are no longer wanted or needed as household products. Unfortunately, household chemicals are frequently washed down drains, poured on the ground outside, or thrown in the trash, where they may ultimately pose risks to human health or the environment. Disposing of household chemicals in the trash may start fires, explode, or react in trash collection trucks, often injuring sanitation workers. Household products may be hazardous because they are flammable, poisonous, corrosive, reactive, explosive, or carcinogenic. Our health may be affected by hazardous products through ingestion, inhaling gases, or absorption through the skin. Hazardous products may effect the environment by contaminating the air, water, and soil.

Household Hazardous Waste - TIPS
The following are steps to reduce the quantity of hazardous waste in your home. Household hazardous products in your home can be harmful and create environmental problems.

  • Flush them down the toilet, tub, sink or sewer. This can contaminate our water supply.
  • Dump them on the ground. This can contaminate our ground water.
  • Burn them.
  • Store them where children or pets can reach them.

Flammables and Combustibles:

Acetone Fiberglass Resins Plastic Model Cement
Adhesives Floor/Furniture Polish Plastic Roof Cement
Air freshener Formaldehyde Polyurethane Cement
Alcohols Gasoline Power Steering Fluid
Asphalt Driveway Topping Grease Roofing Cement
Auto Body Filler Isopropyl Alcohol Rug/upholstery cleaners
Barbecue Lighter Fluid Kerosene Sealers
Benzene Lighter Fluid Spot Removers
Brake Fluid Liquid Waxes Tile Cement
Creosote Liquid Sandpaper Tire Black
Cutting Oil Methanol Toluene/Toluol
Dap Naptha Wallpaper Cement
Diesel Fuel Neats Foot Oil WD-40
Denatured Alcohol Paint Strippers White Gas
Duplicator Fluid Paraffin Oil Wood/Tile Putty
Ethanol Perfume Xylol
Ether Starting Fluid Petroleum Distillates Xylene


Ammonium Nitrate Fluorine Nitric Acid
Bleach Hair Coloring Peroxides
Calcium Hypochlorite Hair Dye Potassium Permanganate
Chlorates Hydrogen Peroxide Sodium Hypochlorite
Fertilizers/nitrogen based Iodine Toilet Bowl Cleaner


Ant & Roach Killer Dursban Plant Food
Ant-Freeze Ethylene Glycol Pruning Paint
Bacterial Pipe Cleaner Flea Spray/Powder Pyrethrins
Baygon Fungicides Raid
Black Flag Gopher Killer Rock Salt
Chlordane Insect Sprays Rose Dust
Chrome-Silver Polishes Lindane Round-Up
DDT Malathion Sevin (dust)
Diazinon Mole Killer Snail/Slug Killer
Dimethylamine Salts Moth Crystals Strychnine
Disinfectants "Off" Insect Spray Tree/Root Stump Killer
Dog Repellant Pharmaceuticals Windshield Wiper Fluid

Heavy Metals:

Arsenic Copper Sulfate Lead Compounds
Bordeaux Mix Lead Arsenate Mercury
Chromium Lead Compounds Copper Oil Fungicides

Corrosives: (acids)

Boric Acid Ferric Chloride Pool Acid
Car Battery Acid Hydrochloric Acid Sheep Dip
Copper Cleaners/Metal Cleaners Muriatic Acid Sodium Bisulphate
Disinfectants Phosphoric Acid Toilet Bowl Cleaners

Corrosives: (bases)

Ammonia Cess Pool Cleaners Oven Cleaners
Battery Terminal Cleaner Drain Cleaners Sodium Hydroxide
Caustic Soda Lye

Waste Oils for Recycling:

Motor Oil (drained) Gear Oil 2-Cycle Oil
Transmission Fluid ATF

Organic Solvents for Recycling:

1,1,1, Trichloroethane Perchloroethylene Carburetor Cleaner
Methylene Chloride Carbon Tetrachloride
Other Recyclables:
Auto Batteries Motorcycle Batteries Liquid Mercury