Hazardous wastes generated at home are not typically regulated by DEQ. However, there are best management practices you can follow to ensure potentially hazardous wastes generated at home are handled safely and disposed of in a manner that protects human health and our environment.
Hazardous wastes produced by residents are called household hazardous wastes (HHW) and are exempt from hazardous waste regulations. However, these items are still potentially dangerous to human health and the environment and should be handled and disposed of in the safest possible manner.
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- Paints and stains
- Laundry products
- Yard and garden products
- Compact fluorescent light bulbs
How do I know if something is hazardous? Look for signal words on the product label such as poison, danger, warning, or caution. Some older products, pharmaceuticals, and personal care products may not have signal words but may still be hazardous.
Many communities have collection events available to residents. Contact your county, public health district, or local landfill to find out what is available in your area. Even if your community does not have an all-inclusive program, many recycle used oil, antifreeze, batteries, and refrigerators.
Other no-cost solutions are available for specific wastes. Retailers may offer to recycle some hazardous wastes such as compact fluorescent light bulbs, electronic equipment, and cell phones. Nonprofit organizations may be interested in leftover paint or used electronics. If all else fails, contact the manufacturer and see if it will recycle or properly dispose of the waste for you.