Household Hazardous Waste and Demolition

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Household wastes that are toxic, corrosive, ignitable, or reactive are known as Household Hazardous Waste (HHW). Examples may include:drums, jugs and cans of household hazardous waste are collected for safe disposal
motor oil
automobile batteries
paints and solvents
household cleaners
drain openers
compressed gas tanks (such as propane and oxygen)
These types of wastes are sometimes found in residential properties awaiting demolition.
How to dispose of HHW EPA strongly recommends that you not pour household hazardous waste down the drain, on the the ground, or into storm sewers. While federal law allows disposal of HHW along with other household wastes, your state may not. Check with your state.
Many communities have HHW collection programs to reduce the potential harm posed by these chemicals. EPA encourages participation in these HHW collection programs rather than discarding the HHW in the trash. Check with your local solid waste management district office to identify management options.

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