Waste--What-Is-Hazardous-Waste by ashrafp

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									What Is Hazardous Waste?
Hazardous waste products are items in your home which contain
dangerous chemicals that, if tossed into your trash, can pose a hazard to
human health, groundwater and the environment. Enough hazardous
waste is generated in one year to fill the New Orleans Superdome 1,500
times over.

• How will I know which household products are hazardous waste? Any
item whose label notes the product as toxic, corrosive, flammable or reactive are
considered hazardous. These hazardous products require special disposal
procedures and, as listed below, can be found on your shelves in the kitchen,
bathroom, basement and garage and including:

From Your House
Aerosols                                      Furniture polishes
Ant & roach powder                            Oven cleaners
Batteries (appliance, flashlight, camera, calculator, hearing aid, etc.)
Bug sprays, sticks & creams                   Mercury thermometers (silver)
Carbon monoxide detectors                     Mercury thermostats (dial-type)
Carpet cleaners                               Moth balls & flakes
Chlorine bleach                               Prescription drugs
Compact fluorescent light bulbs               Rat & rodent poison
Dyes                                          Spray dust cleaners
Fire extinguishers                            Scouring powders
Floor care products & waxes                   Smoke detectors
Fly strips                                    Spot and stain removers
Lighter fluid                                 Upholstery cleaners

From Your Garage, Workshop & Basement
Adhesives & glues                            Metal polishes
Alcohols                                     Mineral spirits
Antifreeze                                   Motor oil & additives
Batteries (auto, mower, boat)                Naphtha
Battery acid                                 Oil filters
Brake fluid                                  Paint & primer (oil-based only)
Car wax (with solvents)                      Paint (model & automotive)
Creosote                                     Paint stripper
Cutting oil                                  Paint brush cleaners
Diesel fuel & additives                      Polyurethane coatings
Engine cleaners                              Rat & rodent poison
Fiberglass epoxy                             Rust remover
Fluorescent tube lights                      Tires (off the rim)
Fuel oil                                     Transmission fluid & additives
Gasoline & additives                         Turpentine
Gun cleaning solvents                        Wood stains & preservatives
Kerosene
From Your Yard & Garden
Algaecides                                    Insecticides
Fertilizer                                    Pesticides
Fungicides                                    Propane tanks
Garden dusts & sprays                         Weed killer
Herbicides                                    Weed & feed products

• Why isn’t latex paint on the hazardous waste list?
Latex paint is not considered hazardous waste. Theatre groups, schools or
churches may be able to use your paint. If you are unable to donate it, the lid
should be removed and kitty litter or sawdust added to the paint. After allowing it
to thoroughly dry out and solidify, it can be discarded in your trash can.

• How do I properly dispose of hazardous waste?
All the products noted above can be taken to the twice yearly Genesee County
Household Hazardous Waste Collection. Dates and locations for the May and
October collections are posted 4-6 weeks prior at:
http://web1.msue.msu.edu/genesee/natres/hhw.htm#whatishazard

Some of the products listed above can be taken to businesses that serve as
drop-off facilities.

Click on the Tool Box for Genesee County Drop-Off Recycling Facilities

Clean Sweep is a Michigan Department of Agriculture Program that accepts
pesticides and thermometers. For more information, contact Jack Knorek at 517-
335-2874.

• How do I prepare materials for hazardous waste collection?
Never mix hazardous waste products together as doing so can cause explosive
or poisonous chemical reactions!!!

Keep materials in their original containers if possible. If they have been
transferred to other containers, please label with the contents. Containers are
not able to be returned to you when you bring them to a collection site.

Be sure your containers are adequately sealed to avoid spills in transport. You
may need to place them in boxes or additional containers before placing them in
your trunk.

• Hazardous waste tips
Buy only the amount you need of a product. Properly store items so they last
and do not need to be replaced. Store hazardous waste products in areas that
children and pets cannot access. Non-toxic alternatives are readily available or
purchase or easy to make for cleaning and gardening needs.

One quart of oil can contaminate 250,000 gallons of water, so avoid spills by
proper handling when filling and draining items. Soak up any spills with kitty
litter, then bag it up and add to your trash - never rinse oil down the storm drain.
In addition, used motor oil is a valuable energy resource. A large portion of used
motor oil is reprocessed into fuel that is burned in furnaces, turbines, power
plants and manufacturing facilities to provide heat and electricity.

Extend the life of your batteries by turning off any battery-operated appliances
when not in use. Also, remove batteries from appliances if they are not going to
be used for a long time. To avoid a possible leak or rupture,
old batteries should never be mixed with new ones. Consider switching to
rechargeable batteries.


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