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Household Hazardous Waste Home Check List
Planning and Development

How many hazardous chemicals do you have in your home? Use this checklist to find out.

CAUTION: Children SHOULD NOT touch chemicals nor complete this checklist without the supervision of an adult.

Check any of the following
that you have in your home:
What should you do about
these products?

ammonia
detergents
drain cleaners
floor wax
furniture polish
metal polish
mothballs
oven cleaners
septic tank cleaners
spot removers
window cleaners
aerosol sprays
nail polish remover
toilet bowl cleaners
tub & tile cleaners
artificial dyes
glues & cements
household batteries
paints & stains
photo chemicals
pool chemicals
stain & varnish removers
thermometers
turpentine & paint removers
varnish wood sealers
brake fluid
car & truck batteries
lighter fluid
motor oil
transmission fluid
fungicides
herbicides
insect repellents
pesticides

1. IDENTIFY THEM: Look for the following words and phrases on labels:

WARNING * CAUTION * DANGER

Flammable, Volatile, Toxic, Corrosive, Caustic, Reactive, Poison, Contains Phosphates, Eye Irritant, Harmful if Swallowed, Do Not Mix, Wear Rubber Gloves.

2. USE UP ENTIRELY: Always read labels and follow directions carefully. If you can't use a product up, try to find a neighbor, friend, or community organization that can.

3. STORE IN A COOL DRY PLACE: Between collection events or trips to the recycling center, keep all hazardous products in original containers with lids fastened securely. Do not mix, combine, or consolidate them.

4. RECYCLE OR TAKE TO COLLECTION SITE: Never throw hazardous products away with your regular trash. Motor oil, brake and transmission fluid, antifreeze, and car batteries can be recycled at most service stations.

5. USE ENVIRONMENTALLY SAFE PRODUCTS: Use latex paints instead of oil based paints. Look for products that say: Environmentally safe, Biodegradable, Contains no phosphorous, Non-toxic, or Non-corrosive.

6. DON'T LET PRODUCTS GO TO WASTE: Buy only what is needed to do the job. Avoid over-purchasing with the thought that it can used later.


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