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Household Hazardous Waste
Transcript of Household Hazardous Waste
Household Hazardous Waste
Febreze contains toxins which could be harmful.
the cans also explode when exposed to high temperatures.
Hair spray is explosive and HIGHLY flammable!
It should be kept away from extreme temperatures
is toxic and can explode if kept in hot temperatures as well.
Gillette is also highly explosive
HHW stands for household hazardous waste. HHW is anything that is labeled as toxic, poison, combustible, corrosive, flammable or irritant that is thrown out.
flammable means that it can catch on fire, toxic means that if you drink it, or touch it (maybe) you can die, poison means the same thing as toxic, combustible is that it catches on fire easily, corrosive means that it can also catch on fire as well as burn things easily and irritant means it can cause slight inflammation or other discomfort to the body. The symbols can have one of two frames around it. The hexagon means that it is explaining what the inside is and the triangle is explaining what the container is.
Disposing of HHWs
Proper disposal ensures waste workers are not exposed to the risk of inhaling toxic substances and reduces the chance of fires or explosions. Never pour or flush HHW substances down the drain where they will enter the sewage system. Chemicals can corrode plumbing and cause failure in septic systems before they make their way to our waterways and oceans
How it Affects us
Household hazardous products — such as oil-based paints, paint thinner, pesticides, used motor oil, antifreeze, and strong cleaners — can enter the environment during use, when they are thrown out in the garbage, poured down the drain, spilled accidentally, or are dumped outside.
The hazardous chemicals can
contaminate ground and surface water, storm-water and cause fish kills, injure garbage collectors, and add to the flammability and toxic effects of house fires. They also can harm us directly, through unintended side-effects, improper use, or accidental poisoning.
How people Dispose of Them
HHW is collected and disposed of, for free year round. They may be brought to a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility (HHWCF) by contacting the office for an appointment. This is completely free of charge. Some items are required to be a certain way for drop off. For example, latex paint must be dried/solidified through the use some kind of absorbent material.