What is Household Hazardous Waste?

HHW is any product labelled: toxic, poison, combustible, corrosive, flammable or irritant that is disposed of.A typical home can contain an array of household hazardous products for cleaning, painting, beautifying, lubricating and disinfecting the house, yard, workshop and garage. The health and safety of our families, neighbourhoods and environment is threatened when household hazardous waste is stored or disposed of improperly.

The chemical-based household products from a single home may seem insignificant; but when millions of homes across the Panchayat / Municipality / city use similar products — handling, storing and disposing of them improperly — the combined effect becomes a major problem. Our communities and the environment are endangered when these products are discarded in household garbage, sinks or storm drains.

The following are examples of household hazardous products that may be found in and around your home:

Lawn Garden Products Bug spray
Pesticide/insecticide
Fungicide/Herbicide
Weed killer
Paint and Related Products Latex paint
Water-based paint or Oil-based paint
Turpentine paint stripper
Rust remover
Pint thinner
Varnish
Automotive Fluids and battries Used motor oil and filter
Gasoline and diesel fuel
Kerosene
Auto body repair products
Windshield washer solution
Antifreeze
Brake and transmission fluid
Lead acid batteries
Metal polish with solvent
Beauty Products and Medicines Alcohol-based lotions
Isopropyl alchol
Medicine
Nail polish and nail polish remover
Hair relaxers and permanents
Dyes
Products in aerosol cans
Sharps
Household Cleaners Ammonia-based cleaners
Oven cleaners
Drain cleaners
Floor care products
Aerosol cleaners
Window cleaners
Furniture polish
Metal polishes and clearners
Tub, tile and toilet cleaners
Miscellaneous Fluorescent lights
Mercury thermometers
Photographic chemicals
Lighter fluid
Shoe polish
Swimming pool chemicals
Moth balls
Rat poison
Glue
Fiberglass epoxy
Mercury batteries