Some products we use around our homes contain hazardous ingredients that may cause serious harm to people, pets, or the environment. These include many household cleaners, nail polish removers, motor oil, weed killers, hobby supplies, car batteries, household batteries, fluorescent bulbs, sharps, pharmaceuticals, some electronics, and bug sprays.
It is important that these items are disposed of properly in order to protect your family, pets, and the environment.
What is Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)?
Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) is any product that is labeled as harmful, toxic, poisonous, combustible, corrosive, flammable, or irritant. 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. 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.
How to tell if a product is hazardous
Check the label on the container for the following key words:
Important tips when using HHW products
- Avoid purchasing hazardous products if possible.
- Purchase only what you need. Buy small amounts and check the label for the key words identified above.
- Read and follow label directions carefully. If you must use a hazardous substance, apply only as directed and only as much as needed.
- Wear protective clothing such as safety glasses and gloves, and work in well-ventilated areas.
- Store hazardous products in the original containers in a cool, dry place away from children, pets, and food. Check for leaks.
- Do not mix products or store products together that may be incompatible. This may cause toxic chemical reactions such as explosions, fires, or skin and eye irritations.
- Do not store hazardous products for more than one year from date of purchase.
- Keep the number of the Poison Control Center visible and posted near the telephone in case of emergency: (800) 222-1222.
More information about Household Hazardous Waste disposal can be found on the County of Fresno website.
For additional questions, call the Recycling Hotline at (559) 621-1111