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Household Hazardous Waste
In every household, from time to time, there will be things that|
cannot be brought to the recycling station, and
shouldn't be dumped in the trash bin.
Products that contain corrosive, toxic, ignitable, or reactive ingredients are considered to be “household hazardous waste” or “HHW”
Products, such as
2) Cleaners, oil filters
3) oils, fuels, pool chemicals
5) Pesticides, herbicides
6) Chemicals, antifreeze
7) Drugs, prescription medication
8) Fluorescent light bulbs
9) Electronic devices as TV,
computers, cell phones that contain
potentially hazardous ingredients
require special care
when you dispose of them
Improper disposal of household hazardous waste:
A) don't pour them down the drain
B) don't pour them on the ground
C) don't pour them into storm sewers
D) don't pour drugs / medication in your toilet
E) don't put them into the normal trash
The dangers of such disposal methods are:
Groundwater contamination = unhealthy drinking water
Polluted creeks and rivers = unhealthy fish, crabs and sea food
Polluting the environment posing a threat to human health.|
Responsible communities offer a variety of options for conveniently and safely managing Household hazardous waste = HHW
You should contact your local government. If you don't get help and answers, you know that they don't care for you or your children!
The best way of knowing if a product is a hazardous waste is to read the label. Words such as caution, warning, danger or poison indicate the product is flammable, reactive, corrosive, and/or toxic.
A good idea to reduce your HHW is to look for products that don’t have caution, danger, warning, and poison on the label
For Texas you can check the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s (TCEQ) website
Water treatment plants are designed to remove pollutants like solid and biodegradable materials, but they cannot handle and remove man-made pollutants such as prescription drugs.
More and more drugs are found in our drinking water, a problem for humans and aquatic life!
Do you really want to drink anti-baby-hormones with your drinking water?
Do you really want to get your shot of antibiotics with your drinking water?
Medications in the water supply can cause humans to have problems with embryonic kidney cells, human blood cells and human breast cancer cells.
We must properly dispose of these medications!!
Many countries have a pharmaceutical take-back program, it is a must for every civilized community.
For the US you can visit http://www.disposemymeds.org
Reducing, reusing and recycling is not just part of natural resource preservation but a cost effective approach to managing our homes and community.
More about the benefits of recycling
When we produce air pollution - we lower the quality of our air, shorten our life!
If air pollution gets too high humans get sick or die.
Humans and all mammals need:
Dont' throw these
hazardous items away
Dispose them properly!
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