Leftover household products that contain corrosive, toxic, ignitable, or reactive ingredients are considered to be “household hazardous waste” or “HHW“. Many household products that we find in our homes or garages, from cleaning solutions to lawn care products contain hazardous chemicals that can be harmful to humans, pets and the environment. By understanding what household products are hazardous and what alternatives are available, you can create a safer and healthier home and environment.

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Dangers of Household Hazardous Materials

  • Human health hazards, such as dangerous vapors, fumes, skin burns, and other sicknesses.
  • Repeated exposure to certain chemicals such as pesticides has been found to cause cancer or birth defects.
  • Indoor air pollution from certain chemicals can have significant effects on our health. Oftentimes, indoor air is at least five times more polluted than outdoor air.
  • Pesticides are intended to kill destructive insects, but they can also harm beneficial insects or birds.
  • Run off from fertilizers and pesticides enters storm drains, polluting rivers and streams.

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