When in Doubt, Don’t Throw it Out!

When in Doubt, Don’t Throw it Out!

Spring is here and a lot of you are doing your annual cleaning routine. When cleaning, it is important to take into account the environment. Household items that contain corrosive, toxic, ignitable, or relative ingredients can harm the environment if they are not disposed of properly. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) deems these items to be household hazardous waste (HHW). Here is a list of items that you should take special precaution with when disposing:

  • Paint
  • Batteries
  • Cleaners
  • Oils
  • Pesticides
  • Light bulbs
  • Electronic waste
  • Sharps
  • Medicines and pharmaceuticals
  • Pressurized containers

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Improper disposal of these items can pollute the environment and pose a risk to the health of humans and animals.  Most large cities or even neighborhoods hold collection days. Check with your local health or solid waste agency for HHW management and disposal.If you do have hazardous material, there are several ways to manage it:

  • Use it all up
  • Recycle items such as paint cans, electronic waste and empty aerosol containers
  • Check with your local hospital to find out about pharmaceutical collection days
  • Place sharp items, such as needles and syringes, in approved container and dispose according to community guidelines. For more information visit www.fda.gov/safesharpsdisposal

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