Reducing Household Hazardous Waste
What Is It?
Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) such as paints, car care products, pesticides, pool chemicals, drain cleaners,
degreasers and batteries present a real disposal challenge. Although they are considered hazardous, they are not
regulated as hazardous waste under federal or state laws. While these wastes constitute only a small percentage of the
residential waste stream, the potential damage from improper disposal is significant. Along with the dangers to the air,
water, soil and person using the products, improper disposal can be harmful to waste collectors and landfill workers and
can damage sewers and septic tanks. Pennsylvanians produce an average of four pounds of HHW each year, for a rough total of about 25,000 tons
per year statewide.
Solutions to the Problem
There are solutions to this problem. The best way to reduce HHW is simply not to buy these products. There are many alternatives to using household hazardous wastes. Click on this picture for some solutions.
Know Your Products...
Look for these signal words on labels, so you can identify what is hazardous:
And as a Last Resort...
If a product considered a household hazardous waste is required for the job, purchase only what is needed and make sure all of it is used as the label advises. This way, the product is not being stored, risking a possible leak or presenting a danger to children, pets or wildlife.
For needed disposal of a household hazardous waste, call the Butler County Dept. of Recycling & Waste Management for the status of the County's proposed HHW collection program.