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Household Hazardous Waste

Old Pain Cans One Example of Hazardous Household Waste Leftover household products that contain corrosive, toxic, ignitable or reactive ingredients are considered to be "household hazardous waste" or "HHW."

Products such as paints, cleaners, oils, batteries, and pesticides that contain potentially hazardous ingredients require special care when you dispose of them. Improper disposal of household hazardous wastes can include pouring them down the drain, on the ground, into storm sewers, or in some cases putting them out with the trash.

The dangers of such disposal methods might not be immediately obvious, but improper disposal of these wastes can pollute the environment and pose a threat to human health.

The options of reduction reuse, recycling and disposal are all important tools to safely manage HHW. The following information can help you determine the best ways to reduce, reuse, or dispose of common household products that may contain hazardous ingredients. Below is a list of HHW with places where they can be recycled and the best way to dispose of the HHW with minimum or no harmful effect to the environment.

Motor Oil: Can be recycled at Auto Zone and Advanced Auto in Cornelia. Both limit customers to five gallons per visit. Check with other auto centers about taking used motor oil.

Antifreeze: Check with local auto centers about taking old antifreeze. To dispose of antifreeze, dilute the antifreeze with water, two parts water to one part antifreeze, and pour down drain. Do not pour antifreeze into storm drains or septic tanks. Antifreeze can be fatal to pets.

Auto Batteries: Many stores that sell auto batteries such as Wal-Mart, Auto Zone, Advanced Auto, will accept your used battery and give you a discount on your new battery.

Gasoline: Handle with extreme caution! Try and use all of the gasoline. If gasoline is unusable, mix the liquid with kitty litter, sand or any other absorbent to solidify the liquid. Place mixture in a sealed container and dispose with trash.

Paints and solvents: Try to use up material, but if unusable contact your local Habitat for Humanity to see if they accept unused paint. If material is not useable, mix the material with kitty litter, sand, or any other absorbent to solidify the liquid. Mix material in original container and dispose with trash.

Household Cleaners, Pesticides and Herbicides: Use the item up before choosing disposal or check label for proper disposal methods. DO NOT mix cleaners or other chemicals. Doing so could cause health problems.

Styrofoam Egg Cartons: Sharing and Caring, 110 Camelot Way in Clarkesville, 706-754-6420, accepts styrofoam egg cartons for reuse.

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