Household Hazardous Waste is a potential problem. Why?
There are potential short and long term consequences from the improper management of household hazardous wastes.
- Improper storage or use of hazardous products in the home can increase the risk of accidental poisoning or injury.
- Disposal of household hazardous wastes in ordinary refuse could injure sanitation workers. Some products are chemically incompatable, and may lead to fires in dumpsters or garbage trucks.
- Pouring waste down the drain puts it directly into septic tanks or sewage treatment plants that may not be able to filter out or properly treat hazardous materials. This can lead to the contamination of groundwater or surface waters where treatment plants discharge.
The York County Solid Waste Authority holds FREE Household Hazardous Waste Collection Programs. Make sure to visit their website for more important information!
In addition, click here to download a Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection brochure about Household Hazardous Waste that explains:
- What is HHW?
- How can I identify HHW?
- What can YOU do about HHW?