SEPTEMBER 8, 2013 BY
Community Recycle Drop Off Day
Community Recycle Drop Off Day is almost here – October 12th at Howelsen Hill. In preparation for the day, we are preparing a series of blogs on the items we will be collecting at the event. Household Hazardous Waste, Electronics, Prescription Drugs. . . . The list goes on! So stay tuned, get informed, and start cleaning out your garage for Community Recycle Drop Off Day!
Household Hazardous Waste Part I
What are Household Hazardous Wastes and
How Do You Avoid Buying Them?
Household Hazardous Wastes (HHW) are common household products (such as cleaners, paints, car products, and pesticides) that may be hazardous to your children, your pets or the environment. Words such as danger, warning, caution, poisonous, and flammable on the labels can mean a product is toxic. Label the toxic products you find as a reminder to use them up and dispose of them safely. Do not put such materials in garbage cans or storm drains.
Reducing Your Purchase of HHW
Consider reducing your purchase of products that contain hazardous ingredients. Read labels and learn about the use of alternative methods or products, without hazardous ingredients, for some common household needs.
To avoid the potential risks associated with household hazardous wastes, it is important that you monitor the use and storage of potentially hazardous substances in their homes. Below are some tips to follow in your own homes:
- Use and store products containing hazardous substances carefully to prevent any accidents at home. Never store hazardous products in food containers; keep them in their original containers and never remove labels.
- When leftovers remain, never mix HHW with other products. Incompatible products might react, ignite, or explode, and contaminated HHW might become unrecyclable.
- • Remember to follow any instructions for use and disposal provided on product labels.