INFORMATION ON HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTES
SO WE CAN BE RESPONSIBLE CITIZENS
The following information on household hazardous wastes is provided to help us understand what household hazardous wastes are and how we can help preserve our environment by using the proper disposal method for them. Our actions today will make a difference for our children and grand children.
The following list of household products should be managed as hazardous wastes:
1. Pesticides, insecticides, fungicides and animal care products - There are lots of banned and restricted pesticides residing in sheds, garages and under kitchen sinks. They contain heavy metals and can be highly toxic.
2. Herbicides and wood preservatives - They can contain dioxins and are toxic.
3. Fluorescent lamps (bulbs) and other mercury containing devices - Including switches, thermometers, thermostats and ballasts, which may also contain PCBs.
4. Rechargeable and button batteries - May contain nickel, cadmium, mercury or lithium.
5. Chemistry set and photographic hobby chemicals - Chemicals may be unstable and photo developers & fixers are corrosive.
6. Pool chemicals and ammonium nitrate fertilizers - Contain oxidizers and can cause an unstable reaction or explosion if mixed with other substances.
7. Paints containing lead or containing mercury for fungicide control and paint products such as strippers, rust paints, stains & finishes - These may be flammable and toxic and may contain methylene chloride, toluene, petroleum distillates, methyl ethyl ketone, xylene, chlorinated phenols and halogenated hydrocarbons.
8. Corrosives and caustics - Such as battery acid, muriatic acid, rust remover, drain cleaner and quick lime can cause severe skin damage and blindness.
9. Flammables - Oil based paints, mineral spirits, solvents, aerosols, fuel and automotive fluids.
10. Any very old products - Many of these wastes have been stored for up to 50 years and contain banned or restricted chemicals. Examples are lead arsenate, cyanide, strychnine and DDT.
These household hazardous wastes (residential only) should be disposed at the Bay County Steelfield Landfill:
11411 Landfill Road
The County offers this service to City residents at no charge. Information about household hazardous wastes and the County Solid Waste Program can be found at: http://recycle.co.bay.fl.us/index.html
If you have questions or want to know if a household product should be managed as a household hazardous waste call the Department of Public Works, 265-5989.