Oils, Toxics, Household Hazardous Waste Control & Disposal
Leftover household products that can catch fire, react, or explode under certain circumstances, or that are corrosive or toxic are considered household hazardous waste (HHW). Never dispose of products such as oil, gas, antifreeze, batteries, paint, or wood/deck sealers into garbage carts, storm drains, or catch basins. They contain hazardous ingredients and require special care when you dispose of them. These drains flow into nearby waterways, and if polluted, can kill fish and wildlife.
To avoid the potential risks associated with HHW, it is important to monitor your use, storage, and disposal of products with potentially hazardous substances in your home. Improper disposal can include pouring them down the drain, on the ground, into storm sewers, or in some cases putting them out with regular trash.
How to safely handle HHW:
Carefully follow any instructions for use and storage provided on product labels to prevent any accidents at home.
Read product labels for disposal directions to reduce the risk of products exploding, igniting, leaking, mixing with other chemicals, or posing other hazards on the way to a disposal facility.
Never mix leftover HHW contents with other products.