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Storage Do’s and Don’ts for Household Hazardous Waste

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Storage Do’s and Don’ts for Household Hazardous Waste

In response to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic and to protect the public from the further spread of the virus, the San Bernardino County Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Centers will be closed until further notice. 

During this time as we are staying indoors, it is important to remember that not all trash is safe to be disposed of in your trashcan or landfill. For these toxic waste items, we recommend safely storing these items in your home until the centers are reopened for collection. 

Here are important tips for storing these materials:


  • DO keep the containers tightly sealed. If there are leaks, place the leaking container into a clear plastic bag and store that container separately. If there are spills, use kitty litter to absorb the spills and then place the kitty litter in a bag or container for proper disposal at a collection facility. 
  • DO keep products in their original containers and keep all the labels on. This helps you to remember what everything is and it also helps the HHW workers.
  • DO store HHW, including medication, out of reach and out of sight from pets and children.
  • DO follow the storage directions provided by the manufacturer (i.e. do not allow to freeze, do not store in humid areas).


  • DO NOT store products in food containers. 
  • DO NOT mix products together. Mixing products could be very dangerous. 
  • DO NOT store products near sun exposure, heat, flames or sparks.
  • DO NOT smoke in areas of your home where HHW products are stored.
The EPA and FEMA have more resources on proper HHW storage. If you still have questions, contact your local HHW Collection Center or contact the manufacturer of your product. 

A simple yet powerful way that you can protect your local environment and yourself is to make sure that we dispose of this toxic waste at our local collection centers. Thank you for helping us to keep these toxic materials from entering and polluting our waterways. 

Stay safe and healthy,
SBC Stormwater Program

By | 2020-04-14T14:53:48-07:00 March 19th, 2020|Blog, HHW|Comments Off on Storage Do’s and Don’ts for Household Hazardous Waste

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