Household Hazardous Waste

Refers to wastes generated at home that are hazardous in nature, meaning they contain one of the following characteristics:
- caustic/corrosive
- flammable/ignitable
- toxic/poisonous
- explosive
- reactive
These products can be recognized by signal words on the label, such as DANGER, CAUTION or FLAMMABLE.

HHW collections are scheduled at the Recycling Center at least annually. The next scheduled collection is Nov. 7, 2020 (postponed from May 2 due to COVID-19 containment efforts)

However, some items collected year-round at the Recycling Center include Alkaline Batteries, Propane Cylinders, Car Batteries, Tires & Motor/Hydraulic Oil.

Examples and sources of HHW items are:

tree cartoon From the Yard - Pesticides, Insecticides, Fertilizer, Herbicides, Insect Sprays, Pelletized Rodent Killers, Ant Traps, Acids, No-Pest Strips, & Pool Chemicals.
car cartoon From the Garage/Storage - Antifreeze, Brake Fluid, Degreasers, Carburetor Cleaner, Creosote, Fuel Stabilizer, Gasoline, Kerosene, Lighter Fluid, Lamp/Torch Oil, Latex, Oil-Based and/or Lead-Based Paints, Paint Thinner, Solvents, Resins, Marine Flares, Ammunition and Fireworks.
light bulb cartoon From the House - Compact, U-shaped and Tubular Fluorescent Light Bulbs, Smoke Detectors, Fluorescent Ballasts, Drain Cleaners, Furniture Polish, Metal Polish, Moth Balls, Upholstery Cleaners, Photo Chemicals, Floor Cleaners, Bleach, Spot Remover, Button Batteries, Lithium Batteries, Lead Acid Batteries, Ni-Cad Rechargeable Batteries, Old Chemistry Sets, Mercury and Mercury Thermometers, Thermostats, Electronics, Televisions, Computer Monitors, Computer CPU's and peripherals.
handyman cartoon From the Workbench - Rust Inhibitors, Aerosols, Wood Preservatives, Varnishes, Wood Strippers, Wood Stains, Paint Thinners, Oil-Based and Lead-Based Paints, Solvents, Degreasers, Sealants, Adhesives, and Pressure-Treated Wood.

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