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Household Hazardous Waste Disposal

For most, it's time for "Spring Cleaning"! Chances are, you’ll find plenty of items that you can get rid of to free up valuable space. However, it’s not always as simple as picking up whatever is lying around and throwing it in the trash can. If you don't fully know what counts as household hazardous waste, you’re certainly not alone.

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Here’s a quick guide of the "Do-s and Don't-s" you need to know about household hazardous waste disposal.

Once you’re able to identify which products in your home are considered hazardous waste materials, the next step is learning how to properly — and safely — dispose of them when the time comes.

DO: Read Product Labels for Proper Disposal Instructions

Before getting rid of anything that may be considered household hazardous waste, read the product label for specific disposal instructions to avoid a potentially unsafe situation.

DON’T: Pour Household Hazardous Waste Materials Down the Drain or Dump Them Outside

According to the EPA, flushing hazardous waste down the drain or dumping it on the ground can pollute the environment, contaminate septic tanks/water treatment systems, and even pose a health hazard to sanitation workers.

DON’T: Throw Household Hazardous Waste Out with the Regular Trash

Not every product can be tossed in a trash can and sent to a landfill. In fact, in some places, it’s illegal to dispose of household hazardous waste in a regular trash bin. Learn to identify which products in your home require special handling when being disposed of, and follow the protocol for safely getting rid of them.

DO: Get Familiar with Your Local Household Hazardous Waste Collection Services and Regulations

If you need to toss some products that are considered household hazardous waste, the first step is to read up on the regulations and laws for household hazardous waste disposal in your area. Then, look up local household hazardous waste collection services, which can recycle or dispose of these products in a safe, environmentally friendly way.

In our local area, there are two areas for help with disposal. In the Brazos Valley, contact Household Hazardous Waste (979.764.3809). In Washington County, contact the City of Brenham (979.922.5958).

You can always search for disposal recommendations by product name within the BVR app available in the Apple App Store and in Google Play (only available for Brenham residents). You can also check your schedule for trash pick up and recycling through the app or by visiting our website.


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