What types of residential hazardous waste could you have in your home?
Household hazardous waste may consist of actual hazardous products or have hazardous impacts.
Some of these products may pose direct hazards in their intended use: examples may include aluminum cleaners with hydrofluoric acid, caustic or acid drain cleaners, and caustic spray oven cleaners.
Others may be safe when properly used, but hazardous when improperly used or disposed: examples of these may include motor oil, automotive antifreeze, disinfectants or even shoe polish.
Still others may involve particular hazards in manufacture, as well as use: these may include lead or creosote.
Dr. Ronn Phillips, Arch.D., and Bobbi Hauptmann, Environmental Design, College of Human Environmental Sciences, University of Missouri-Columbia
Last update: Monday, May 18, 2009