What You Need to Know About Household Hazardous Waste

If you are like most homeowners, you have all sorts of junk scattered around your home. It is easy to let things accumulate in the basement, attic or backyard. Junk King is here to to haul away just about every piece of junk from your property. Though we have the manpower and equipment available to haul away the vast majority of your items, we do not accept certain types of household hazardous waste. Let’s take a look at the dangers of household hazardous waste and explain why you should be careful when removing these items from your property.

Why Junk King Hauls it all but for Household Hazardous Waste

Our mission is to haul all types of junk unless it has the potential to cause a fire or create an environmental hazard. If you have an old mattress, table, furniture, yard debris or just about anything else, we will show up to your property and haul it away. However, we draw the line at certain household hazardous waste items. For safety and health reasons we do not remove hazardous items like biological waste and asbestos. The bottom line is that if the federal government bars us from removing the items we will abide by their rules.

What-You-Need-to-Know-About-Household-Hazardous-Waste-Junk-King-Marin-CAWhat is Household Hazardous Waste?

Household hazardous waste is often referred to as “home generated special materials” materials or “retail hazardous waste”. This broad term includes an array of consumer products that have the potential to harm the environment if disposed of in an improper manner. It also includes household chemicals, pest control sprays and automotive care products. Each of these products has dangerous characteristics as a result of their ignitability, reactivity, toxicity or corrosivity. Other common examples of household hazardous waste include oil paint, latex paint, drain cleaner, fuel, antifreeze, motor oil, herbicides, poisons, pesticides, cleaning chemicals and rodenticides.

How to Dispose of the Household Hazardous Waste That Junk King is not Allowed to Take

Do your best to keep hazardous waste items in their original containers until you can find an appropriate location for their proper disposal. Read the label of each potentially hazardous item to gain a full understanding of the manufacturer’s recommended disposal instructions. Even if the label simply directs you to bring the item to a specific recycling site or warns of improper handling procedures, it is still worth reading. These directions will help you avoid injury and prevent unnecessary environmental harm. Do not combine your leftover hazardous waste with other products. Some household hazardous waste items like fluorescent lamps and batteries can be brought back to the retail stores where they were purchased.

Junk King is Here to Help

If you are unsure as to whether one of your household items is eligible to be picked up by our junk hauling crew, do not hesitate to reach out to us for more information. Our junk removal experts will let you know if we can pick up those items or if they are considered to be household hazardous waste that must be disposed of in a special manner or location. As long as the federal government permits us to pick up the item and it is not dangerous to handle, we will haul it away. Reach out to us today for more information by dialing 1-888-888-JUNK (5865) or by filling out our convenient online contact form.