Household Hazardous Waste

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What is Household Hazardous Waste?

If it’s corrosive, flammable or poisonous, it’s hazardous waste. These types of products contaminate water and landfills and should never be poured down the drain or put out with your regular garbage.To help you dispose of these products safely, the Facility operates a year round Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) and Material Recovery program to ensure your propert disposal of these potential harmful chemicals and compounds from your home.  Any household product, with one or more hazard symbols, that can’t be used up (or in some cases recycled) may be brought to the Leduc & District Regional Waste Management Facility for proper disposal.


Tips to reduce Household Hazardous Waste


Use a non-hazardous alternative:

  • Environmentally friendly and safer alternatives are available for household cleaning, home improvement and garden care. Most stores have a 'green area' for safer cleaning alternatives. Check labels to ensure these products have green based ingredients. 


Be a smart and wise consumer:

  • If you must purchase a hazardous product, purchase only what you need. If you can, avoid buying larger quantities.
  • Ensure that the product you purchase does what you want it to do before you purchase it. Once purchased, follow the instructions on the label for safe use, ventilation and storage.
  • Check the label for the type of hazardous waste and how you would be able to dispose of any excess amount.


Provide any leftover products to someone who can use them:

  • Relatives, friends, neighbours, community groups and charitable organizations may be able to use some of your leftovers.


Avoid aerosols whenever possible:

  • Much of the aerosol product ends up in the air. Purchase safer alternatives.


Examples of Hazardous Products

IMPORTANT - Always keep each material in its original labelled container and store safely out of reach of children and pets. Please do not mix items together for two main reasons - a chemical reaction could occur by mixing items together. This may have severe ramifications and could cause you harm. Secondly, in order for us to properly dispose of the material, the original ingredients need to be clearly identified. 


Examples of Hazardous Products:

In the Bathroom

Air fresheners (aerosol)

Drain cleaners

Hair colouring

Hair perm solutions

Hair sprays (aerosol)

Mildew removers

Nail polish and remover

Toilet cleaners

Tub and tile cleaners

In the Laundry

Ammonia

Bleach

Detergents

Dry-cleaning fluids

Fabric softeners

Laundry stain removers

Laundry starch

Liquid cleansers


In the Kitchen

Abrasive powders

Oven cleaners


In the Garage

Aerosol sprays

All-purpose solvent-based cleaners

Ant/Wasp spray

Auto body filler

Automotive antifreeze

Barbeque fire starter products

Brake fluid

Butane refills

Car batteries (lead-acid)

Car waxes and polishes

Carbon tetrachloride

Contact cement

Degreasers (petroleum based)

Fertilizers (weed and feed)

Fungicides

Gasoline

Glues (solvent and water-based)

Herbicides

Hot tub chemicals

Insecticides

Kerosene

Lighter fluid

Lye

Paint thinners and strippers

Pool Chemicals

Solvents, turpentine

Transmission fluid

Weed killers

Windshield washer fluid with methyl alcohol

Wood preservatives


Other

Acetone

Alcohol-based lotions

Disinfectants

Floor wax strippers

Furniture polish/wax

Glass cleaners

Muriatic acid

Photographic chemicals

Propane gas cylinders

Rechargeable batteries

Rubbing alcohol

Rug/upholstery cleaners

Rust remover

Septic tank degreaser

Shoe polish

Silver and brass polish

Spot removers

Treated wood

Waste Oil

Electronics

Propane Tanks

Tires

Paint - Indoor/Outdoor