Greener Future Friday: Household Waste Disposal

This one is for you JamieLee!  So what do you do with those household chemicals, pesticides, old paint, florescent light bulbs, medication, and more that you want to discard?  Throwing them in the trash is a big no-no!  Don’t try dumping down the toiled either.  You don’t want that hazardous waste to go into landfills, seep into the ground and eventually make it back into your drinking water.  We already have a problem with prescription medication in our water.    Check out this news story.  Was your city tested?  What was found?  Below I have listed some information on identifying hazardous chemicals and where to dispose of them.  This may be a great time to clean out your closets of toxic chemicals.  I will be posting in the future on how to make you own homemade cleaners.  One of which I already posted HERE.

How do you know it is hazardous?     

Read the label!  Look for words like Poison, Danger, Warning, and Caution

 Hazardous products have at least one of these properties:

 Toxic: 

Poisonous, chemical including pesticides, paint thinners, auto products and some cleaners. 

Look for words like “Harmful or fatal of swallowed” and “use only in a well-ventilated area”

 Flammable: 

Chemicals that burn easily such as paint thinners, solvents, and auto products. 

Look for words like “Combustible” and “Do not use near heat or flame.”

 Corrosive: 

These products eat through materials such as oven cleaners, drain cleaners, toilet bowl cleaners, and car batteries. 

Look for words like “causes severe burns on contact” and “Can burn eyes, skin, throat”.

 Reactive: 

These chemicals can spontaneously ignite or create poisonous vapors when mixed with other products.  Also some products can explode when exposed to air, heat, water, or shock. 

 

Chemicals to use proper disposal site:

  •  Aerasol cleaners
  • Batteries
  • Bug spray
  • Cleaners
  • Electronics
  • Fluorescent light bulbs
  • Furniture stripper
  • Glue
  • Lighter fluid
  • Mercury thermometer
  • Nail polish and remover
  • Oil and oil based chemicals
  • Paint and Thinner
  • Pesticides
  • Polish with solvents
  • Pool chemicals
  • Spot removers
  • Stain/varnish
  • Wood polish
  • Wood preservation

 Where to Dispose

In Columbus, Ohio you can dispose of your hazardous chemicals HERE:

Where:  1249 Essex Ave, Columbus 43201, near the Ohio State Fair Grounds

When:  April-October:  Wed. 2pm-7pm, Thurs 9am-5pm &

November-March:  Wed 2pm-6pm, Thurs 9am-5pm

 Find YOUR local drop site HERE

Check our more resources at:  www.epa.gov

Please comment on what household cleaner recipe you would like me to provide in the future!

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    Great post. Some of this labels are not being given much attention by the public. Sharing this kind of information would now raise people’s awareness on the chemical solutions that they have bought.


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