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Household Hazardous Waste

Americans produce 1,600,000 tons of household hazardous waste every year. The average American home stores about 100 pounds of household hazardous waste.

What is household hazardous waste?

The United States Environmental Protection Agency defines these products as flammable, combustible, toxic, explosive/reactive, or corrosive. Brake fluid, antifreeze, pool chemicals, and varnishes can be very dangerous if not stored, used, or disposed of properly. Also causing significant damage to humans, vegetation, wildlife, and other environmental resources are common household products such as nail polishes/removers, moth balls, charcoal lighter fluid, and fluorescent lights. Problems occur when these chemicals leak or spill from their containers or interact with other chemicals. If the chemicals interact with other chemicals, toxic gases can form or even explode. When these spills take place outside on the driveway or lawn a simple rain can wash these chemicals into the groundwater or larger bodies of water.

Americans produce 1,600,000 tons of household hazardous waste every year. The average American home stores about 100 pounds of household hazardous waste.

Limiting the amount of hazardous waste in your home is a great way to prevent accidents and make your home safe. Learn more about which types of products are hazardous and about ways to use less, use it up, and use nonhazardous alternatives to help significantly reduce the generation of this type of waste.

For more information go to www.epa.gov/osw.

 

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