Household Hazardous Waste

Chemicals and other materials can pollute stormwater and harm our environment. Pay attention to materials you use around your home and ensure they are not contributing to the problem.

Follow these tips to stop chemical runoff:

  • Use organic products or the least toxic products available for all projects around your home.
  • Avoid spilling oil, gasoline, antifreeze, and paint on paved areas or onto the soil.
  • If a chemical spill occurs, clean with rags or absorbent material such as clay absorbent or kitty litter.  Sweep up absorbents and dispose of properly.
  • Collect all used oil, antifreeze, and other vehicle fluids in containers with tight fitting lids and recycle at a local service station, auto parts store, or DPW. Call ahead to be sure your chosen location allows public drop-off.
  • Dispose of hazardous waste through the local Household Hazardous Waste Program (contact your local DPW for more information).
  • Sweep up all outdoor work areas on a regular basis and dispose of debris in the trash.
  • Sweep driveways and sidewalks.  Never use a hose for cleaning, as the water will wash pollutants into storm drains.
  • Never pour anything down a storm drain.
  • Store chemicals in leak proof containers inside a building or shed, or under cover.  Do not expose hazardous materials to rainwater.
  • Place a drip tray under chemical containers for extra protection against leaks.
  • Avoid over-salting walkways and driveways in the winter, and use pet friendly ice melt products whenever possible.

Hazardous wastes like pesticides, paint, solvents, used motor oil and other auto fluids can wash into stormdrains and poison aquatic life.