I did some research to find out how to properly dispose of my hazardous household materials, which were remnants of materials used in the last remodeling project, plus the other things I had been using at home. If you are from Orange County, CA, visit www.oclandfills.com for the disposal of these items. Or, google "how to dispose of household hazardous waste" and look for the information for where you live. Here is the information I gathered from this link:
What is Household Hazardous Waste? "Leftover household products that contain corrosive, toxic, ignitable, or reactive ingredients are considered to be 'household hazardous waste' or 'HHW.'... require special care when you dispose of them. Improper disposal of household hazardous wastes can include pouring them down the drain, on the ground, into storm sewers, or in some cases putting them out with the trash...improper disposal of these wastes can pollute the environment and pose a threat to human health. Additional HHW services may be available through your City. Contact your City’s Recycling Coordinator to find out other ways to dispose of your household hazardous waste items in your community." Here is their list of items.
What to bring to the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center:
Bleach (laundry) Toilet cleaners
Drain cleaners Tub, tile, shower cleaners
Oven cleaners Wood and metal cleaners and polishes
Fungicides/wood preservatives Herbicides Insecticides
Lawn and Garden Products
Adhesives and glues Paint strippers and removers
Aerosol cans Paint thinners and turpentine
Fixatives and other solvents Photographic chemicals
Furniture strippers Stains and finishes
Oil or enamel-based paint
Batteries Mercury thermostats or thermometers
thermometers Sharps (hypodermic needles, penCompact Fluorescent Tubes needles, intravenous needles,
Driveway sealer lancets)
Fluorescent light bulbs
Air conditioning refrigerants Fuel additives
Antifreeze Motor oil
Automotive batteries Starter fluids
Carburetor and fuel injection cleaners Transmission and brake fluid
Ant sprays and baits Houseplant insecticides
Bug sprays Moth repellents
Cockroach sprays and baits Mouse and rat poisons and baits
Flea repellents and shampoos
CO2 cartridges (lecture bottle or smaller) Home heating oil
Other Flammable Products
Diesel fuel Kerosene
Fire Extinguishers under 40 lbs. Lighter fluid
Gas/oil mix Propane tanks (5-gallon or smaller)
Alarm clocks Microwave ovens (home use)
Blood glucose monitors (sterilized) PDAs
Camcorders Programmable kitchen appliances
CD players Pagers
Cell phones Printer/scanner/fax
Computer monitors (CRTs & flat Radios of all types (car & home)
screens) Stereos (no speakers)
Computers/CPUs/laptops* Telephones & answering machines
Copiers (home use, desktop) Televisions (CRTs & flat screens)
Digital cameras* VCRs
Digital thermometers Home-use medical monitors
Display boards on exercise equipment Walkie-talkies
DVD players I-Pods & MP3 players*
Hand-held electronic devices
Video game consoles & accessories
* Remove data before disposal.
Asbestos High-pressure cylinders (acetylene,
HHW Collection Centers cannot accept the following items:
Ammunition oxygen, air tanks—SCUBA or SCBA)
Biological waste Radioactive materials
Commercial Waste Tires
From the list, I dentified the things I had no longer any use for. To start with I gathered the cans of left-over paint; polyurethane to seal concrete patio (which I decided not to use); hydrochloric acid for cleaning stains on concrete surfaces; barbecue fluid lighter; natural stone sealant; some cleaning (chemical) agents; a bagful of dead batteries; some incandescent light bulbs and a fluorescent bar light.
When going to the landfill, there is a procedure to follow. In the one I went to, I had to drive up to the gate, turned off the engine of the car, opened the trunk, and remained in the vehicle. A technician came around to unload the stuff from my trunk. Then I drove away. Or, park if you want to check a section - Materials Exchange Program - where you can take up to 5 free items from a selection of partially used containers of products for the house, the yard, and car care.
There is another carload waiting to be transported. In the meantime, I am using more natural, healthier, environmentally friendlier materials to clean my house. This is part of my effort to minimize inhaling or having contact with chemicals, as much as possible, which have been killing some of my brain cells and settling in and delibitating my liver. Hopefully, my memory will reverse it's forgetful trend, soon.
Among the manufacturers of environmentally friendly household cleaning products are Seventh Generation and Melaleuca. Or, you can start making your own. There are recipes and instructions in these sites: http://hubpages.com/hub/8-Natural-Household-Products-to-Use-in-Spring-Cleaning, http://blisstree.com/live/25-safe-non-toxic-homemade-cleaning-supplies/.
Let's all take the steps in making the air we breath cleaner, at least, in our homes.
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