Hazardous products have the potential to harm people, pets and wildlife. To identify potentially hazardous products, look for words on the product label such as poison, danger, warning, caution, toxic, explosive or flammable. Hazardous products should be taken to special collection facilities for disposal. They should never be thrown in the trash because they can pose threats to public health and the environment. These threats vary according to specific properties of the product.
Common Household Hazardous Waste
- Fluorescent lights (see Light Recycle)
- Household cleaners
- Motor oil
Things to consider when purchasing products
- Before purchasing a product, read the label to get an indication of its properties.
- Be aware that the word “non-toxic” is an advertising word and has no federal regulatory definition.
- Choose products with child resistant packaging.
- Avoid aerosol products when possible. Aerosols disperse hazardous substances that can be inhaled and absorbed into the bloodstream.
- Use non-hazardous or less-hazardous alternative products and recipes. One multi-use household cleaner can serve most cleaning jobs; you do not need a different product for every cleaning problem.
- If safer alternatives are not available, buy only the amount you will need. Make sure that you understand what hazards are associated with a product’s use, storage and disposal.