blog: What hazardous waste do you store in your house?
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
Some Common Household Hazardous Waste:
LAWN AND GARDEN PRODUCTS:
PAINT AND PAINT RELATED PRODUCTS
Latex Based Paint
Oil Based Paint
Turpentine Paint Stripper
Stains Bleach Based Cleaner (laundry)
Varnish Tub, Tile, shower cleaners
Adhesives and Glues
AUTOMOTIVE FLUIDS AND BATTERIES
Used Motor Oil and Filters
Gasoline Fuel and Diesel Fuel
Lead Acid Batteries
Brake and Transmission Fluid
Compressed Gas Cylinders
Alcohol Based Lotions
Nail Polish and Nail Polish Remover
Products found in aerosol cans
Ammonia Based Cleaner
Oven and Drain Cleaner
Floor Care Products
Metal Polishes and Cleaner
Wood Cleaners and Polishes
Mercury Thermostats and Batteries
Fluorescent Light Bulbs
Pallavi Mukerjee can be reached at Pallavi.Mukerjee@eaglecounty.us