Tips to Dispose of Hazardous Waste From Your Home


Household hazardous wastes are products that can harm people, animals, and the environment when they’re used in the wrong way. These types of wastes include batteries, electronics, pesticides and oil-based paints. The EPA estimates that one in six households has hazardous waste lying around their homes, and that’s not good. In this article, we’ll tell you why it’s important to dispose of household hazards properly and how best to do so.

Hire a Hazardous Waste Removal Service

Hazardous waste is an extremely serious matter, and if you suspect that your home has become a repository for hazardous materials, it’s important to get rid of them as quickly and safely as possible. The first thing you should do is call in a hazardous waste removal service. These companies are qualified to handle dangerous substances and dispose of them properly, as well as provide you with guidance on how to dispose of other types of hazardous materials in your home, such as cleaning products.

After calling the company, they will come out and evaluate your situation. They will give you an estimate based on the amount of material they have to remove from your property. This can be a lot more expensive than simply throwing out regular trash, so make sure you have enough money saved up for this expense before hiring a hazardous waste disposal service.

If possible, try not to wait too long after calling these companies before getting rid of your hazardous materials; otherwise, they could begin leaking into the ground around your home or even start leaking into other parts of your house through cracks in walls or floors (which could cause damage).

Read the Product Labels

The first thing you should do when disposing of hazardous waste from your home is to make sure that you’re aware of the labels on the products. These labels will help you determine if a particular product contains hazardous waste and what kinds of precautions you should take when disposing of it. For example, if a label says “Do not incinerate” and you have no other options for disposal, then you should throw that product away in your trashcan or compost bin.

You should also make sure that all containers are properly sealed before disposal, as this will prevent any leakage during transportation or storage. If possible, dispose of these items at an approved facility that specializes in hazardous waste disposal; otherwise, check with your city government for instructions on how to safely dispose of them yourself.

Research about Your Law

When disposing of hazardous waste, you need to be careful not to contaminate your home or neighbourhood.

First, find out if your city has a hazardous waste collection service by calling your local government office. If they do, they will send someone out to pick up your hazardous waste for disposal.

If you don’t have access to this service, then you’ll have to take the hazardous waste yourself. You should never transport any type of hazardous material in your car unless it is properly labelled and protected by an approved container. You should also make sure that the container is tightly sealed and labelled with all relevant information about the material inside it. Also, make sure that you store your hazardous waste in a safe place where children cannot access it.

Don’t Throw Everything in Garbage

Don’t just throw your old paint, chemicals, and other hazardous waste in the trash. Even if you’re sure that it’s empty, it could have fumes that can leak into your home when it’s thrown out.

If you want to get rid of hazardous waste, you should take it to a special disposal facility. These facilities are safe and easy to use! You’ll be able to drop off all kinds of different kinds of items: paint and paint cans; leftover chemicals like drain cleaner or pesticides; leftover medicines; batteries; light bulbs; fluorescent tubes; electronics; aerosol cans; propane tanks; car batteries or mercury thermometers.

You mustn’t mix different types of hazardous waste because the chemicals might react badly with each other. For example, if you put a tube light into an aerosol can then both containers will explode.


The process of turning waste resources into new products is known as recycling. Recycling efforts can be made more efficient with the use of appropriate commercial bins, which allow for the proper sorting and storage of recyclable materials.

There are many types of recyclable materials including paper, plastic containers and bottles, cardboard boxes and other packaging materials that can be recycled at home or brought to a community recycling centre near you. Different types of products have different recycling codes printed on them; these codes tell you what type(s) of material can go in each bin at your local facility.


You can also donate hazardous waste to a local charity. The organization will likely have a list of items that they accept and those they don’t. If you’re unsure whether your item is considered hazardous, call them first to ask before donating it.

Check with your local government for more information on how to dispose of hazardous waste in your area. Some cities have programs that accept certain types of chemicals and electronics for safe disposal at no cost; others require residents to pay fees or obtain permits before disposing of their materials. If there aren’t any services available through your city government, consider contacting nearby townships or counties about possible alternatives (such as drop-off locations for used oil).

Donate items that are still in good condition, but remember not everything needs saving! Broken glass bottles may seem harmless enough when they’re just sitting around collecting dust on shelves or countertops.

Identifying and disposing of household hazards is easier than you think. To dispose of hazardous waste, you must first identify what qualifies as hazardous waste. According to the EPA, “hazardous materials” are defined as any material that falls into one or more of five categories: ignitable (flammable), corrosive, reactive and oxidizing. The following items are examples of common household hazardous waste:

  • Acids (e.g., battery acid)
  • Batteries – lead-acid batteries from cars and trucks should be taken to an auto parts store for recycling; other types can be disposed of in regular trash if they’re empty or free from leaks
  • Cleaners/disinfectants – check the label on each product before throwing away; some have special disposal requirements
  • Flammable liquids such as cooking oil or gasoline
  • Organic solvents such as paint thinner or turpentine


If you’re concerned about the presence of hazardous materials in your home, don’t be. By following these tips and doing some research, you’ll be able to identify and dispose of hazardous waste from your home quickly and efficiently.