If you are one of the many people who like to start the year with a clean garage, you might be left scratching your head when it comes to how to properly dispose of certain items. Leftover household products that contain corrosive, toxic, ignitable or reactive ingredients are considered to be "household hazardous waste" or "HHW." Household products such as paints, cleaners, pesticide, herbicide, oils, gas, antifreeze, e-waste, fluorescent lights, pool chemicals and batteries that contain potentially hazardous ingredients require special care when you dispose of them.
Improper disposal of HHW can include pouring them down the drain, on the ground, into storm drains, or in some cases putting them out with the trash. The dangers of such disposal methods might not be immediately obvious, but improper disposal of these wastes can pollute the environment and pose a threat to human health.