What are household toxics and household hazardous waste?
Anything that has been thrown away that can still potentially harm its surroundings and those who dwell in them is considered a toxic item or hazardous waste. Toxic items and household hazardous waste refer to chemical waste and materials found in household garbage such as cleaning solutions, batteries, and non-biodegradable plastics.
These items can harm humans, animals, and plants if they encounter these toxins buried in the ground, in runoff, in groundwater that supplies drinking water, or in floodwaters.
What can I do about it?
We can minimize the risk of pollution and damage to both individuals and ecosystems alike by properly disposing of these materials.
All of the following materials are considered household hazardous waste and must be disposed of properly:
Automotive fluids (antifreeze, motor oil)
- Batteries (home & car)
- Cooking Oil
- E-Waste (televisions, computers, printers, etc.)
- Fertilizers and Pesticides
- Household Cleaners
- Paint Products
- Polishes and Waxes
- Pool and Spa Chemicals
- Propane Barbecues Tanks
- Unused road flares
Where should I dispose of these items?
It’s easy! If you’re a resident of San Bernardino County, it’s as easy as taking your unwanted toxic items or household hazardous waste to a local collection center for dropoff. Did we mention it was FREE?
Why can’t I just throw these items in the trash?
It is illegal and poses health risks to humans, pets, the environment, and our waterways.
Find out about toxic items and Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) and why it’s so important to store and dispose of these items safely and properly. Check out this video for useful tips!