What is household hazardous waste?
Many household products you use to clean your kitchen and bathroom, maintain your car and home, and control animal and insects contain hazardous materials. If you use or store these products carelessly, you can make your family and yourself ill. If you dispose of them improperly, you can harm waste disposal workers, water quality and wildlife. When these products are no longer needed, they are considered household hazardous waste (HHW).
How do I know if an item is considered hazardous?
A household product or waste is considered hazardous if it is one or more of the following:
- Toxic - Poisonous or causes long-term illness (such as cancer)
- Reactive - Can explode (when exposed to heat, water or shock)
- Flammable - Burns easily
- Corrosive - Eats through materials (acid, for example).
Read the label and look for SIGNAL WORDS:
- Keep out of reach of children
- Dispose of properly
- Use with adequate ventilation
What are some tips when using hazardous products?
Consider buying a less toxic product. Read the directions before you buy. Follow the directions carefully. Read and understand the first aid instructions.
What should I do with unused hazardous products?
Keep it in the original container and make sure it is labeled. Store as directed on label, in an area safe from children & pets. Give leftover product to someone else who can use it up. If none of these options work, be safe and bring the leftover product to a Ramsey County Household Hazardous Waste collection site.
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