Proper recycling or disposal of waste generated in the home is an easy way for all of us to protect the environment.
Common household products containing hazardous materials can pose a threat to people and the environment, especially when handled or disposed of improperly. Whenever possible, use up a product or donate it to someone who can use it. In many cases, even products that have been stored for a few years can still be safely used according to label directions. In addition, some wastes such as used motor oils, solvents and car batteries can be regenerated or recycled.
Other ways to reduce waste are to buy the smallest amount of material needed to get the job done, or use a less-hazardous alternative in place of the hazardous product. If you have household hazardous waste to dispose of, find out whether there is a facility or an upcoming collection event in your area. Your local solid waste management district (SWMD) is your first source of disposal and recycling information. The following is a short list of household items considered to be hazardous and cannot be placed in a dumpster. They can however be disposed of through your local SWMD’s collection center.
- AUTOMOTIVE PRODUCTS: Antifreeze, Auto Grease, Brake Fluid, Gas, Gasoline Mixtures, Oil Filters, Used Motor Oil
- BATTERIES:[Ohio EPA Lead/Acid Battery Fact Sheet] Automotive, Household, Rechargeable
- DRIVEWAY SEALER
- FLARES [Road Flares Only]
- FLUORESCENT BULBS [Ohio EPA Fact Sheet]
- HOUSEHOLD CLEANERS
- LIGHTER FLUID
- PAINT PRODUCTS- NO LATEX PAINT ACCEPTED: Oil, Solvent-based, Stain, Thinner, Varnish, Wood Preservatives
- POOL CHEMICALS
- PROPANE CYLINDERS (BBQ – Up to 20 lb.)
- ROOF COATINGS
- ITEMS WITH MERCURY