Commercial businesses and factories deal with hazardous materials on a daily basis and must follow strict regulations for their safe disposal.
But homeowners may also — sometimes unwittingly — may use hazardous products in their garage, yard or home.
Before you toss a potentially hazardous product in the trash can, take these steps to safely dispose of them and keep them from leaking into your local landfill.
Many products that you use in your home or while working in the garage are considered hazardous. However, many consumers are unaware of the dangers of improper disposal. In general, you can assume that products need special disposal if they are labeled:
Hazardous products include drain cleaners, pesticides and herbicides, oil-based paints, metal polish, oven cleaners, solvents, antifreeze, used motor oil and transmission fluids.
Broken electronics, compact-fluorescent light bulbs and sharps, such as used medical needles, may also require special recycling or disposal.
Some cities and towns have facilities to properly dispose of hazardous materials. Check your local government's website, or call your trash removal company to ask what items are accepted.
Municipalities also should keep a list of products that are considered hazardous, if you're unsure about some of the products you use at home.
Here are some hazardous products and guidelines for safely disposing of them:
Many communities sponsor hazardous waste collection events throughout the year to collect these and other potentially harmful products. Check with your city or county to see if they have one on the schedule, and carefully store the items you need to dispose until you can drop it off.
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This article was written by an Angie’s List contributor.
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