Household hazardous waste (HHW), if not disposed of properly, can be harmful to human health and the environment. What's more, the average home can accumulate as much as 100 pounds of HHW in storage areas, garages and sheds.
As innocent as they seem, everyday products like household cleaners, paint, batteries, and other similar items are dangerous when poured down the drain or simply tossed in the trash.
According to the EPA, improper disposal of HHW can:
- cause physical injury to sanitation workers
- contaminate septic tanks or wastewater treatment systems if poured down drains or toilets
- pollute bodies of water if poured into storm sewers
- present hazards to children and pets if left around the house
- contaminate ground water and surface water that is used as a source of drinking water if sent to unprotected landfills
So how can we minimize the negative impact of HHW on humans and the environment?
USE SAFER PRODUCTS
The first step is to use safer products. Before making a trip to the store for household cleaning and improvement items consider:
- using latex or water-based paint
- purchasing less toxic substitutes
- getting only what you need
- avoiding aerosol products
- buying products packaged in childproof containers
PRACTICE PROPER DISPOSAL
Proper disposal of HHW is imperative. LCSWMA offers free and safe disposal of HHW to Lancaster County residents at our HHW Facility on Harrisburg Pike. Items accepted at the HHW Facility include: paint, cleaners, automotive fluids, cooking oils, pesticides, herbicides, computers, TV's, tablets, cell phones, fluorescent light bulbs, batteries and more.
For more information about safe HHW disposal, click here