How do I Know if a Product is Hazardous?
A product is considered hazardous if it is corrosive, toxic, flammable, or reacts or explodes when mixed with other substances. The federal government has established labeling requirements for consumer products containing hazardous substances. Watch out for signal words on labels such as poison, danger, warning, and caution. Click here to find out how to properly dispose of Household Hazardous Waste.
What’s Under Your Kitchen Sink?
Many common household products contain ingredients which can harm people, pets, and our environment if handled or disposed of improperly. Most homes in Charlotte County contain three to ten gallons of these hazardous products. These include everyday items such as paint, insecticides, cleaners, and automotive products. Even unused medications are hazardous. Click here to find out how to properly dispose of Household Hazardous Waste.
What are the Dangers of Improper Disposal?
Care must be taken to dispose of hazardous products in the proper way to reduce the environmental impact and safety hazards caused by disposal. Toxic products carelessly tossed in the trash, can injure sanitation workers, damage collection vehicles, or leak into the environment. Similarly, when dumped down the drain some products can cause water pollution, and damage plumbing and septic systems. Products poured on the ground or in a storm sewer pollute our water supply.