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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 and 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
Motor Oil, Transmission Fluid or Oil Filters
Flammable Polishes
Compressed Gas Cylinders-Propane LESS than 5 gallons or 20 lbs. i.e. BBQ or Camp Sized) Tanks
Batteries (all types)
TVs and Computer Monitors
Household Aerosols
Fluorescent Lamps, Compact Fluorescents, Metal Halide, High Pressure Sodium

Fats, Oils, Grease, Fryer Oil (please do not put down the drain)
Electronics (Including but not limited to VCRs, DVDs, Amplifiers, Printers, Microwaves, CPUs, Computer Accessories, Scanners)
Mercury Containing Devices, Mercury Thermostats, Thermometers and Switches
Chlorinated or Solvent Based Cleaners and Degreasers
Oxidizers (Tree Stump Removers, Ammonium Nitrate Fertilizer)
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
Special Wastes
Pharmaceuticals (NO controlled substances)
Controlled Substances - Folsom residents must make an appointment with the Folsom Police Department's Property and Evidence Room to drop off Controlled Substances by calling (916) 355-7239.   

Unacceptable Items - We cannot accept the following: Business, commercial or industrial hazardous waste, large compressed gas cylinders (greater than 7 gallons), biological or infectious waste, medical waste (except pharmaceuticals), explosives (fireworks, ammunition, black powder, blasting caps, marine flares), radioactive waste (ionizing smoke detectors, Tritium signs), leaking containers or containers larger than 5 gallons, non-hazardous waste (tires, appliances, treated wood waste use our Neighborhood Clean Up Program).

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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