When you read the term “hazardous waste,” does it make you think of spent nuclear fuel rods or industrial sludge from a factory? Of course, you don’t need to worry about disposing of those kinds of wastes because they are highly regulated. But believe it or not, you probably have hazardous waste in your home right now—at least as far as what can be disposed of in a landfill or incinerated.

Here’s a short list of items that are considered hazardous to give you an idea of what you shouldn’t be throwing in your curbside trash pickup:

  • Automotive Products – Antifreeze, automotive batteries (cars, trucks, motorcycles and boats), gasoline, used or new motor oil, oil filters, any sort of automotive fluid (brake fluid, power steering fluid, transmission fluid, etc.), tires.
  • Garden Products – Insecticides, fertilizers, rodent poisons, weed killers, pesticides.
  • Household Products – Floor cleaners and waxes, laundry detergent or bleach, moth balls, nail polish and nail polish remover, paint cans, compact fluorescent bulbs, fluorescent tubes or ballasts, aerosols and aerosol cans.
  • Paints, etc – Caulks, glues, flea preventatives (collars, powders, sprays and shampoos), paint remover, stripper or thinners, propane tanks, rust proofing products.
  • Miscellaneous – Electronic equipment (televisions, computers, printers, etc.), fire extinguishers, mobile phones/tablets, prescription drugs.

This is an abbreviated list, but it gives you a good idea of some of the things that can be seriously harmful to the environment if not disposed of properly.

Bay Disposal & Recycling is committed to ensuring the greatest safety to the environment as a whole and the communities we serve. Every community we work with has different guidelines as to what they consider hazardous and how these items should be properly processed for disposal. In some cases, it’s a matter of recommending approved drop-off locations where individuals can take their hazardous household waste.

Check the website of the municipality in which you live to see what their specific guidelines are. By having a knowledge of what can be disposed of in your curbside pickup versus what is considered toxic to the environment and in need of special precautions, we can all work together to make the world we live in a safer and healthier place.