What is Household Hazardous Waste?
Leftover household products that contain corrosive, toxic, or reactive ingredients are considered to be "household hazardous waste" -- or HHW -- when the products are safe to use when you follow the manufacture's instructions, but they require special handling when you are ready to dispose of them. If disposed of improperly, these wastes can pollute the environment and they can pose a threat to human health. Some of the household hazardous wastes found in many homes include:
- Floor care products, furniture polish, metal polish
- Nail polish and polish remover
- Antifreeze, break fluid, gasoline, kerosene, transmission fluid, windshield washer fluid
- Glue, mineral spirits, oil based paint, paint thinner, paint stripper, rust remover, varnish, wood preservative
- Fungicide, insecticide, weed killer, rat/mouse poison
- Gun cleaning solvent, moth balls, lighter fluid, swimming pool chemicals
Electronic equipment such as televisions, computers and cell phones may contain hazardous chemicals and materials that can be recycled. Contact the Allen County Solid Waste Management District for more information on household electronics recycling. The Allen County Partnership for Water Quality publishes a brochure about household hazardous waste here.