Household Hazardous Waste

You can’t throw a can of antifreeze in the recycling, but the trash isn’t fit for it either. So, how do you dispose of hazardous products?

Notable hazardous household items are herbicides, pesticides, and oil. The average household in the U.S. contains around 3 to 10 gallons of hazardous material. Do not pour hazardous materials in the sink, on the ground, or put in a dumpster. These materials can contaminate soil, affect water treatment plants, and emit harmful chemicals. Though these chemicals may not be notably harmful in small amounts, accumulating exposure is a serious problem.

It is important to prioritize the management of harmful materials. The optimal choice to avoid these negative consequences is to find a natural alternative. If your car uses conventional oil, look into switching to synthetic and increasing intervals between service appointments. If you are unable to make this switch, be conscious of handling instructions on the label. For latex paints, add kitty litter or sawdust to the container to let it dry out and put it in the garbage. Using products entirely prevents chemicals from seeping into waterways. If some of the product remains, keep it in its original packaging with all labels intact. From here, collect the items in a thick plastic bag to prevent leaks and take it to the 3 Mile Canyon Landfill for proper management. And come to our free Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day on Saturday, April 30, 2022 at the Canyons Cabriolet parking lot!

By Lauren Allen