Household Hazardous Wastes (HHW) are leftover products that are labeled flammable, combustible, poison, irritant, corrosive or toxic. These products that contain potentially hazardous ingredients include:
Fluorescent light bulbs or tubes
Pesticides or herbicides
Electronic waste such as computer and televisions monitors and CPU's are also considered hazardous due to the high level of mercury and lead components that they contain. Improper disposal of household hazardous wastes includes pouring them down the drain, on the ground, into storm sewers, or putting them out with the trash. These are illegal disposal methods that can pollute the environment and pose a threat to human health.
The links below provide additional information on specific methods to properly dispose of / recycle your HHW materials (PDF). Before you go out and buy these materials, you may want to learn about alternative options and consider those first. If you must buy hazardous materials, purchase only the quantities that you will use, and donate leftovers to your neighbor or a community group.