Hydrofluoric Acid is a highly toxic, highly caustic, colorless, fuming liquid found in Aluminum Cleaners. HYDROFLUORIC ACID IS EXTREMELY DANGEROUS. Upon contact, it destroys the flesh down to the bone as the fluoride ion continues to act until it is neutralized by the calcium in bone. The pain from burns may be delayed for several minutes to several hours, depending upon the concentration. During this time the acid in the aluminum cleaner can burn deeply into the tissue, causing severe burns and possible damage to muscles, ligaments, and bone. If you must use aluminum cleaners with Hydrofluoric Acid, use EXTREME CAUTION. Any aluminum cleaner, with Hydrofluoric Acid as an ingredient, should be disposed of as a hazardous waste.
Free Household Hazardous Waste Disposal
If you are a resident of Clark County or one of its cities, you may dispose of unwanted household hazardous waste products at any of the following HHW collection programs. Business-generated hazardous waste will not be accepted.
Eligible senior and citizens with disabilities who are unable to transport HHW to a collection site or event may call (360) 397-6118 ext. 4352 to see if they qualify for a free home pick up.
Fixed Collection Facilities
- Central Transfer and Recycling Center - Brush Prairie
- Washougal Transfer Station - Washougal
- West Van Materials Recovery Center - Vancouver
Satellite Collection Events