Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)

 



Tips and Disposal Guide

Some products we use around our homes contain hazardous ingredients. These include many household cleaners, nail polish remover, motor oil, weed killer, hobby supplies, car batteries, household batteries, fluorescent bulbssharps and bug sprays.



Hazardous waste in your home?
Can it harm you, your children, pets, and the environment?

The answer is YES!

Many household products are made of chemicals that can harm us. If these items are used, stored or disposed of improperly, you, your pets or the environment can be injured.

Hazardous materials dumped on the ground or into the gutter can contaminate soil and the underground water supply — Fresno’s primary source of water. This page provides you with a guide for the disposal of hazardous products.

Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Events
To protect you, your family, pets and the environment, these products must be used carefully and disposed of properly. Please don’t put HHW products in the trash, on the ground, down the sewer or into the gutter. Save them for a household hazardous waste drop-off event.

The City of Fresno and Fresno County co-sponsor two household hazardous waste drop-off events each year, one in the spring and one in the fall. Dates are advertised in the Fresno Bee. To find out about the next event dates, call Fresno County, 262-4259 or visit the Website.

See our disposal guide by clicking here.

How can you tell if a product is hazardous?
Read the label. Check the label on the container for key words:

DANGER, CAUTION, WARNING, POISON, REACTIVE, CORROSIVE, FLAMMABLE, EXPLOSIVE, IRRITANT, HARMFUL, FATAL

Purchase
Purchase only what you need. Buy small amounts. Check the label for the above key words. Avoid purchasing hazardous products.

Labels
Read and follow label directions carefully. When you must use a hazardous substance, apply only as much as is needed and use as directed.

Wear
Wear protective clothing, safety glasses, and gloves. Use in well-ventilated areas.

Storage
Keep all hazardous products in their original containers. Check containers for leaks. Store in a cool, dry place away from food, children and pets. Do not mix products or store products together that may be incompatible. This may cause toxic chemical reactions such as: explosions, fires, skin and eye irritations. Do not store hazardous products for more than one year from date of purchase.

Safety
Keep the number of the Poison Control Center visible and posted near the telephone in case of emergency. 1-800-222-1222 You can also visit their website.