Hazardous Waste vs Universal Waste

Hazardous waste is dangerous and potentially harmful to human and animal health and the environment. It is found as liquids, solids, gases or sludges and is commonly emitted as cleaning agents or waste products from manufacturing processes.

Universal wastes are equally toxic and dangerous to health and the environment and include batteries, pesticides, mercury-containing equipment, and bulbs.

Household Hazardous Waste

These include household products that contain corrosive, toxic, ignitable or reactive compounds. Common products include paints, cleaners, oils, batteries, and pesticides. These are made from potentially dangerous and harmful ingredients and should be disposed with great and special care.

Disposal of Home Hazardous Waste

Improper disposal can result in physical injury, contamination of septic and water treatment systems and poisoning to kids or pets. Read product labels and disposal options carefully before discarding the product. Do not put such items in a trash can. Contact collection programs and store the cans safety until they are disposed of by municipality or government facilities.

Reducing Hazardous Waste

Avoid buying products that have potentially dangerous or harmful compounds; read through labels carefully while shopping. In case such products are in the house, monitor use, storage and disposal.