What is Classified as Household Hazardous Waste

When it comes to disposing of household waste, it is important to know what we can recycle and what can be placed into our general waste bin. But did you know that many household rubbish items are classified as hazardous waste? This type of waste cannot be placed into the general waste bin. Instead, this type of waste has to be recycled or destroyed in the correct way.

What is classified as household hazardous waste

There are basically four categories that hazardous waste falls under when it comes to household items. These include the following:

Flammable This type of hazardous waste can ignite very easily and can cause widespread fires.

Toxic This type of waste is toxic and/or poisonous and should not be ingested, inhaled or touched.

Explosive This type of waste can explode when in contact with temperatures over 82º F

Corrosive If this type of material comes into contact with the skin, it can cause serious deterioration of the skin and surrounding tissues.

Household hazardous waste items

When sorting through your household waste it is very important that you check the label on the packaging. All of the four above categories of Corrosive, Explosive, Toxic and Flammable, all have associated safety warning triangles or signs, and are easily identifiable. If any of these labels are found in your household items, you have hazardous waste and the items need to be disposed of correctly.

Popular household hazardous waste items

Below we share some of the most popular items in your home that are classified as hazardous, and how you should dispose of then.

You cannot dispose of any aerosol cans that are full or partly full. The reason being that if they are punctured or exposed to extreme heat conditions, they can explode. You either need to find a company who can dispose of this waste for you, or use the aerosol can before you can place it in the general waste.

Light bulbs
Any type of fluorescent lightbulb is classed as hazardous waste. This is because they contain mercury and cannot be placed into landfill. Instead they must be recycled.

Car fuel
Items such as car fuel, oil and antifreeze are toxic, explosive and flammable. They all must be stored safely at home and then taken to a hazardous waste centre where they can be disposed of correctly.

Lawn and garden chemicals
All items for garden and lawn care, such as weed killer, pesticides and bug killers are incredibly toxic. Again any left over items need to disposed of by your local hazardous waste centre, details of which can be found on the website.

Household cleaners
Surprisingly products that are used to clean your kitchen and bathroom, contain toxic chemicals and need to be disposed of in the correct manner, and never with the household waste.

Personal care
This covers products such as hairspray and nail polish which are flammable. So are most nail polish removers, but not all, so be sure to read the label.

All types of paint, solvents and paint thinners ate classed as hazardous waste. Empty tins can be disposed of in a skip or in recycling waste, but partially full fins need to be disposed of by a specialist centre.

We do hope that you are now more aware of what household hazardous waste is, and that you need to dispose of it in the correct way.

For more information, browse: Hazco Waste.