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Household Hazardous Wastes
Did you know that every time you clean the bathroom, you are using a cleaning product that may be a Household Hazardous Waste under the Missouri Solid Waste Management and Hazardous Waste Management Laws?
Well, you are! But, don't worry because you probably haven't violated either the Solid Waste or Hazardous Waste Management Laws. Many common household cleaning, painting, gardening, and lawn care products can be dangerous if handled improperly. When you discard these common products, the remaining contents become Household Hazardous Wastes.
Household Hazardous Wastes generated from a single family dwelling can be legally disposed in your trash; however, you should try to dispose of large quantities of Household Hazardous Wastes or especially dangerous Household Hazardous Wastes at a collection event or facility. A list of community collection events throughout Missouri can be found on the Missouri Department of Natural Resource's web site. And, a list of permanent collection sites can be found there as well.
Some common household products are more dangerous than others. These products include used motor oil, waste tires, and lead-acid (car) batteries. Used motor oil and lead-acid batteries must be disposed at a permitted recycling facility. Waste tires must be shredded before landfill disposal, or they can be turned over to an energy recovery operation.
In addition, some forms of common household waste cannot be disposed in a landfill. For example, yard waste cannot be disposed at a landfill and must be deposited at a composting facility. This may seem like a strange exemption, but Missouri does not consider yard waste to be a good use of landfill space due to the large quantities of waste generated by the average household. Household appliances cannot be deposited in a landfill and must be recycled at a scrap yard or appliance repairman.
The most important thing to remember when handling Household Hazardous Wastes is that qualifying products pose a threat to your health and the environment. Please handle -- and disopose of -- them responsibly.
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2 Responses to "Household Hazardous Wastes"
August 23, 2008 4:52 pm
Please help. I've checked out: A list of community collection events throughout Missouri can be found on the Missouri Department of Natural Resource's web site. And, a list of permanent collection sites can be found there as well. Looked like living in neither Kansas City or St. Louis means you are out of luck. Am I missing something? I'd like to dispose of some old paint. Where can I find a list of places. In particular, Mid-Missouri. Thanks.
Thank you for your comment. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources Solid Waste Management Program hotline will connect you with the individuals who know all of the paint recycling facilities in Mid-Missouri. The telephone number for the hotline is (573) 751-5401.
You can also use the search engine provided by Earth 911. Earth 911 provides a database of recyclyable materials by type and according to your location.
Please check your email for more assistance.
August 29, 2008 11:20 am
Most household have several devices that are battery operated. I suggest using rechargeable batteries instead of the disposable ones. Rechargeable cells are more expensive but then you can recharge them many times. They help reduce the impact that disposable batteries have on the environment. California Health http://www.california-health-insurance.com