HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE
Household hazardous waste (HHW) includes products that we purchase and use every day in our home that contain materials that can harm us or the environment. Common household products that are a HHW when discarded include fluorescent light bulbs, cleansers, electronics, medications, needles, pesticides, paints and stains. Look for words such as 'warning,' 'caution,' 'flammable,' 'toxic,' 'poison,' etc. on the labels. Many of these products may be partially used, then stored in your homes, basement or garage. The best option is to use all the products you buy. However, if you have left over materials like this, it is best to take them to Recycle Utah instead of sending them to a landfill. This will help protect both your family and the environment.
You can reduce HHW by:
- Checking the label before you buy. If you see a cautionary notice, understand that this material will become a household hazardous waste if not used up properly.
- Using the product as the manufacturer instructs. Companies are required to test their products to comply with federal regulations. Directions should be followed to get maximum benefit from the products you use without compromising your safety.
- Buying only what you need. Some products cost more to dispose than they do to purchase. So use forethought when purchasing products that may be costly for you or your community to dispose.
- Storing products safely. Children, pets, and others may accidentally injure themselves if products are not safely stored. So make sure these types of materials are stored according to manufacturer instructions, out of harm's way.
If you have questions about proper handling of household hazardous waste, contact Recycle Utah. Use the links below to obtain information about the hazards associated with household products, where to find a HHW collection program, and what you can do to reduce hazards in your home and community.
WHAT ELSE CAN I DO AT HOME?
1. Direct downspouts to pervious areas. A significant amount of water is collected on roofs. By way of gutters and downspouts, this water can be directed to pervious areas, such as lawns or gardens, where it can infiltrate into the ground instead of running off over impervious areas.
2. Minimize impervious areas. This can be done by reducing the size of paved areas, patios, walkways, and parking areas. If a paved area needs to be repaired, consider using permeable pavers, or gravel instead of concrete or asphalt.
3. Use a broom instead of a hose. When cleaning your driveway or other paved areas, consider using a broom and collecting the debris instead of washing the area with a hose. When driveways are washed with a hose, all the debris and pollutants get washed directly into the stormwater system, which deposits directly into the creeks and streams.
4. Take your car to the carwash or wash it over a grassy area. Detergents used for car washing can be very harmful to water ecosystems. Car wash facilities have the proper infrastructure to handle contaminated water. The water is treated before it is released back into the ecosystem. Taking your car to a car wash is the best option, but if you do wash your car at home, wash it over a grassy area and not in the driveway or over pavement. By washing your car on the grass it keeps detergents out of the stormwater system. Soapy water is allowed to infiltrate into the grass. This is a much better option than depositing the water into the river. It is also helpful to reduce the amount of soap you use and wash with mild detergents that are labeled as “biodegradable” or “phosphate free.”
5. Keep your vehicle well maintained. Any leaks or debris that comes from your car will get washed by the next rainstorm down to the creeks and streams. By keeping a well maintained car, you can help keep these pollutants out of the water.
6. Properly dispose of unused medicine (Rx or over-the-counter). Unused medications can fall into the wrong hands and lead to accidental poisoning or misuse. When flushed, put down the drain, or thrown in the trash, over-the-counter and prescription medications can contaminate water supplies. Instead of flushing or trashing old medications check out Recycle Utah's website to find the nearest drop box.
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