Hazardous Household Waste and What You Do If You Find It

Clean out your garage, basement or attic and you will likely find at least one hazardous item. From antifreeze to motor oil, gasoline, oil filters, electronic devices, batteries, household cleaners, paint and beyond, hazardous household waste is seemingly ubiquitous. If you have any such items in your home, do not toss them in the trash like any other undesired garbage. Hazardous household waste that ends up in landfills will eventually harm our our land, water and the surrounding wildlife. Here is exactly what you should do with your household hazardous waste.

Bring it to Retailers

Many retailers accept old or broken electronic devices. These businesses collect such items in bulk and bring them to e-waste recycling centers. Some retailers have specific “take back” events that encourage locals to drop off their old electronic devices so they can be disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner.

Recycling Kits

It is possible to turn in household hazardous waste through recycling kits. You can order such a return-by-mail kit on the web from an array of different organizations. All you have to do is confirm your location, complete an online form and request that a postage paid recycling kit be sent to your address. Mail in your household hazardous waste and it will be disposed of in a manner that preserves the environment.

Waste Treatment

Plenty of businesses treat waste to reduce its hazardous components and minimize the impact of disposal on the environment. Most of these organizations lean on the Department of Ecology for nuanced advice about how to make the waste less hazardous and reduce its volume. Permitted waste vendors are also capable of treating hazardous waste. These organizations might be willing to treat your household hazardous waste at no cost or for a nominal fee.

Local Auto Garages

If you have extra antifreeze, motor oil, gasoline or other auto-related fluids that you no longer need or desire, make a few phone calls to nearby auto garages. They might find a use for these fluids or have a means of recycling them in a manner that preserves the integrity of our environment.

Donations and Recycling

If there are any e-waste recycling centers near you, bring your old or malfunctioning electronics in. This way, many of their components will be re-used for other purposes. If your electronic devices or other items with hazardous components can still provide some utility, donate them to those in need. Community groups, schools and other organizations will gladly accept items that are still in working condition or even those that require minimal repairs.

Junk King is Here to Help

If you have any question as to whether a specific household item is hazardous, do not hesitate to reach out to our junk experts. We will review each of your items to determine if we can pick it up or if it requires a special means of disposal. Contact Junk King today to schedule the hauling of your junk.