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Pallavi Mukerjee
Vail CO, Colorado

The Eagle County Household hazardous waste facility will be coming up in the next few months.

At present, we have our design approved and will start the construction process soon.

As mentioned in one of my earlier blogs, the primary goal of the Eagle County “Household Hazardous Waste Program” is to provide the residents of the County with a safe, convenient, and free method of disposal of their household hazardous waste.

This will have the benefit of preventing hazardous materials from entering the landfill. It will also help to lessen contamination in surface and ground water, and protect sanitation workers, children, and animals from the dangers of improper disposal of household hazardous waste.

In this and the next couple of blogs, I will talk about the meaning of hazardous products, household hazardous waste, and their properties and categories. I will also talk about what kind of waste will be accepted and unaccepted at the Eagle County, HHW facility, our ‘receive, recycle, and reuse area’ and our plan to handle the waste of ‘Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generators’.

A hazardous product is a substance whose use, storage, and disposal may pose a threat to human health, wildlife and the environment. This threat is measured by measuring various properties of the substance.

What is Household Hazardous Waste?

A typical house can contain a vast number of hazardous products used for cleaning, painting, disinfecting, lubricating, killing pests and weeds, inside the house, yard, workshop, and garage. These products may be toxic, poison, corrosive, combustible, flammable, or an irritant. The leftover contents of such consumer products are known as ‘Household Hazardous Waste’

Most household hazardous materials/wastes can be grouped into the following general categories:

a) Automotive Products

b) Household Cleaners

c) Cosmetics and Medicines

d) Paints and Solvents

e) Pesticides

Some Common Household Hazardous Waste:

LAWN AND GARDEN PRODUCTS:

Insect Sprays

Fertilizer

Pesticide/Insecticide/Rotendicides

Fungicide

Herbicide

Weed Killer

PAINT AND PAINT RELATED PRODUCTS

Latex Based Paint

Oil Based Paint

Paint Thinner

Turpentine Paint Stripper

Rust Remover

Stains Bleach Based Cleaner (laundry)

Varnish Tub, Tile, shower cleaners

Adhesives and Glues

Furniture Strippers

AUTOMOTIVE FLUIDS AND BATTERIES

Used Motor Oil and Filters

Gasoline Fuel and Diesel Fuel

Lead Acid Batteries

Antifreeze

Brake and Transmission Fluid

OTHER PRODUCTS

Propane Tank

Compressed Gas Cylinders

Alcohol Based Lotions

Isopropyl Alcohol

Medicine

Nail Polish and Nail Polish Remover

Hair Dyes

Products found in aerosol cans

Ammonia Based Cleaner

Oven and Drain Cleaner

Floor Care Products

Aerosol Cleaner

Metal Polishes and Cleaner

Toilet cleaners

Wood Cleaners and Polishes

Pool Chemicals

MISCELLANEOUS

Television/Computer Monitors

Mercury Thermostats and Batteries

Fluorescent Light Bulbs

Photographic Chemicals

Fiberglass Epoxy

Pallavi Mukerjee can be reached at Pallavi.Mukerjee@eaglecounty.us


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