If You Read One Article About Hazardous Wastes Read this One!

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Today let’s talk hazardous waste.

As  Professional Organizer, I help organize many different areas in people’s homes.  A couple of areas where I see a lot of hazardous waste accumulate are the garage and garden sheds. This is where your will find most of a homes hazardous waste. I also see things throughout the home that

However, these aren’t the only places.  Under sinks, in offices and laundry rooms.  I often see smaller things thrown out.  Things like batteries (which contain acid) and CFL

Smaller things that seem so insignificant are often thrown out.  Things like batteries (which contain acid) and CFL lightbulbs, which contain mercury.

Remember, everything you throw in the trash ends up in a landfill.  Hazardous waste NEVER should go there, unless you are delivering it personally and separately from trash. It doesn’t disintegrate and/or it leeches into the soil.

In case you are wondering what is considered hazardous waste, here is list supplied by the EPA.

  • Cleaning Products – Including Oven cleaners – Drain cleaners – Wood and metal cleaners and polishes – Toilet cleaners – Tub,tile and shower cleaners –                                        Bleach (laundry) – Pool chemicals – aerosol cans
  • Indoor Pesticides · Ant sprays and baits · Cockroach sprays and baits · Flea repellents and shampoos · Bug sprays · Houseplant insecticides · Moth                                          repellents · Mouse and rat poisons and baits
  • Automotive Products · Motor oil · Fuel additives · Carburetor and fuel injection cleaners · Air conditioning refrigerants · Starter fluids · Automotive                                                     batteries – Transmission and brake fluid · Antifreeze
  • Workshop/Painting Supplies · Adhesives and glues · Furniture strippers · Oil or enamel based paint · Stains and finishes · Paint thinners and turpentine ·                                                     Paint strippers and removers · Photographic chemicals · Fixatives and other solvents – spray paint cans
  • Lawn and Garden Products · Herbicides · Insecticides · Fungicides/wood preservatives
  • Miscellaneous · Batteries · Mercury thermostats or thermometers · Fluorescent light bulbs · Light Bulbs – CFL – Driveway sealer
  • Other Flammable Products · Propane tanks and other compressed gas cylinders · Kerosene · Home heating oil · Diesel fuel · Gas/oil mix · Lighter fluid

For those of you that live outside of Spokane County, please visit your local Waste Management website for proper disposal instructions.

For those of you that live in Spokane County, here is your link.

As far as containers that used to house hazardous waste and are now empty, this is what you do with them in Washington State.  Other states, please take a look at your state’s Department of Ecology website.

Let the professionals deal with your hazardous waste and thank you for doing your part to take care of our earth.