Department of Toxic Substances Control Department of Toxic Substances Control

Recycling Household Wastes

Improper disposal of these materials can cause

Injury to children...


Because of their small size and rapid rate of development, children (including unborn children) are especially sensitive to toxic substances that might not be as harmful for an adult.

Injury to disposal workers and emergency response personnel...

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These personnel and others may be exposed to toxic fumes, chemical spills or explosions generated from improperly managed or disposed household hazardous wastes.

Water Contamination

Toxic or hazardous constituents of improperly disposed wastes can move into surface and ground waters and contaminate these water supplies over time.

What you can do...

Read labels before buying a product to identify the potential hazards of product ingredients. Store hazardous materials safely, in original containers, away from food and away from children

Reduce potential hazards by buying only the amount you need. Use safer alternatives whenever possible.

Reuse hazardous materials by sharing unused portions with others or take them to a local HHW facility with materials exchange program.

Recycle by taking recyclable hazardous wastes (antifreeze, batteries, used motor oil filters, and paints) to a hazardous waste recycling event.