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Identifying Household Hazardous Waste

There are many factors that can contribute to a waste being considered household hazardous waste. For example, toxicity, environmental hazards, flammability, reactivity and corrosivity are all characteristics of products that can cause them to be hazardous waste in California. Unfortunately, there's no master list of household hazardous products created by state or federal government for residents to check to determine if the products under their shelves are household hazardous waste.

Therefore, we must use common sense and look for warning labels on products to make our best judgment whether or not any product is household hazardous waste. Please err on the side of caution. If you suspect a product of being hazardous, treat it that way.

Warning labels on products can give us important clues that a product may be hazardous. Common warnings associated with HHW include: DANGER, CAUTION, WARNING, FLAMMABLE, POISON, REACTIVE, CORROSIVE, HARMFUL WHEN SWALLOWED OR EXPLOSIVE. If you need help determining if a product in your house is a hazardous waste and cannot be disposed of in the trash, email or call us.

Here are some examples of common household hazardous wastes that must be disposed through our service and NOT in the regular trash:

Brake Fluid
Paint: Oil-Based, Water-Based & Latex

Flammable Paint thinner, Deck Stains, Varnish, Lacquer, Shellac and Water Repellants
Flammable Polishes

Motor Oil, Transmission Fluid or Oil filters
Propane (Compressed Gas Cylinders LESS than 5 gallons or 20 lbs. i.e. BBQ or camping-sized) Tanks
Batteries (all types including AA)
TV or Computer Monitors
Household Aerosols
Lamps - (mercury based) Fluorescent, Compact Fluorescent, Metal Halide, High Pressure Sodium

Fats, Oils, Grease, Fryer Oil (while these are not hazardous, the City prefers to pick these items up and recycle them to prevent future problems with the City's sewer system)
•Mercury Containing devices Mercury Thermostats, Thermometers and Switches (We can now pick these up with the weekly service too.)

Electronics (otherwise known as Consumer Electronics including but not limited to VCRs, DVDs, Amps, Printers, Microwaves, Computer CPUs, Scanners)
Chlorinated or Solvent Based Cleaners and Degreasers
Flammable Polishes
Oxidizers (Tree Stump Removers, compressed Oxygen or Ammonium Nitrate Fertilizer)
Pharmaceuticals (Take controlled substances to Folsom PD)
Lead Scraps
Drain Cleaner
Paint Strippers
Wood Preservatives
Floor and Furniture Cleaners
Gopher Baits and Gassers
Pool Chemicals (chlorinators and ph adjustors)
Poisons and Foggers
Chlorine Bleach or Chlorine Based Cleaners
Ammonia Based Cleaners
Household Degreasers (containing glycol ethers - Simply Green and Formula 409)

Special Wastes
Pharmaceuticals (Take controlled substances to Folsom PD)

Once you have determined what you have to get rid of return to the terms and conditions or make an appointment on our 
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