One single household is likely to accumulate as much as 100 pounds of hazardous waste in storage areas such as basements, garages, and sheds (TheWorldCounts.com).
Many area residents will be spending the next few months cleaning, refreshing, and touching up our homes during the upcoming summer months. Some work may be due to the recent storms in the area, while others are carrying out their home project to-do lists. We understand it can be easy to toss everything in the garbage or pour it down the drain and go about your day. Who hasn’t pitched a perfectly good sweater just because you don’t like it anymore but don’t feel like making that trip to Goodwill?
If poured down a sink or toilet, household hazardous wastes pollute the water system. If buried, the earth suffers. And burning these items can cause explosions, skin damage, and poison if inhaled. Additionally, the garbage collector can become injured by hazardous items thrown in the trash.
What are they?
Between gardening and working on your car, painting the deck or remodeling the bathroom, you will encounter hazardous waste:
For a complete list, visit our page "Household Hazardous Waste".
What to do
✓ Before you begin your project, click the link above to see our list of hazardous waste and
important information about transporting waste.
✓ Collect the products in a safe place away from children and pets.
✓ Bring the items to the Miami County Solid Waste District transfer station any
Wednesday from 9 am to 1 pm, now through September. The cost to dispose of material
through this program is $1 per pound.
✓ Make a plan to buy products that are less hazardous but just as effective.