Household hazardous waste is any product labeled: toxic, poison,corrosive, flammable, combustible or irritant that is to be disposed of. A typical home can contain a vast array of household hazardous products used for cleaning, painting, beautifying, lubricating and disinfecting the house, yard,workshop and garage.
The chemical-based household products from a single home may seem insignificant; but, when millions of homes across Los Angeles County use similar products — handling, storing and disposing of them improperly — the combined effect becomes a major problem. The health and safety of people and animals, as well as the health of our communities and the environment is endangered when these types of products are discarded in household garbage, sinks or storm drains.
The following are examples of household hazardous products that may be found in and around your home:
- Lawn/Garden-Care Products: bug spray, fertilizer, pesticide/insecticide, fungicide, herbicide, and weed killer
- Paint and Paint-Related Products: latex/water-based paint, oil-based paint, turpentine paint stripper, rust remover, paint thinner, and varnish
- Automotive Fluids and Batteries: used motor oils and filters, gasoline and diesel fuel, kerosene, auto body repair products, windshield washer solution, antifreeze, brake and transmission fluid, lead acid batteries, and metal polish with solvent
- Beauty Products and Medicines: alcohol-based lotions, isopropyl alcohol, medicine, nail polish and nail polish remover, hair relaxers, dyes and permanents, and products in aerosol cans
- Household Cleaners: ammonia-based cleaners, oven and drain cleaners, floor care products, aerosol cleaners, window cleaners, furniture polish, metal polishes and cleaners and tub, tile and toilet bowl cleaners
- Miscellaneous: fluorescent lights, mercury thermometers, photographic chemicals, lighter fluid, shoe polish, swimming pool chemicals, moth balls, rat poison, glue, fiberglass epoxy and mercury batteries
It is illegal to dispose of hazardous waste in the garbage, down storm drains, or onto the ground. Chemicals in illegally or improperly disposed hazardous waste can be released into the environment and contaminate our air, water, and possibly the food we eat. And by throwing hazardous waste in the garbage, you can cause additional hazards to your garbage handler.
Household Waste and E-Waste may be recycled FREE at a LA County Household Hazardous Waste.
For more information about dates and locations of LA County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events and certified used motor oil recycling centers, please contact: 1-888-CLEAN-LA or www.888CleanLA.com