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What is Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)?

hazardous household cleanersHousehold hazardous waste (HHW) is any waste generated from the use of a product containing a hazardous material that, if misused or improperly disposed of, could pose a threat to human health or the environment.  Most household hazardous wastes are generated from one of the following categories:

Automotive Products
oil, antifreeze, gasoline, brake and transmission fluid

Household Cleaners
oven cleaners, drain cleaners, disinfectants, laundry products

Paints and Solvents
latex and oil base paint, thinners, varnishes, wood preservatives

Poisons
insecticides, herbicides and fungicides

When shopping for household products the best thing you can do for your family is read the label.  Hazardous products will have signal words on the label like poison, corrosive, combustible, caustic, volatile, flammable, danger, caution or warning.  Try to find alternative products - you can start by going to our Green Clean pages.

To learn about where to dispose of HHW safely, go to Proper Disposal of HHW.

Clark County Environmental Services - Recycling and Solid Waste
Anita Largent, Interim Director

Street Address: 1300 Franklin Street, 1st Floor, Vancouver, WA 98660
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 9810, Vancouver, WA 98666-9810
Main phone: (360) 397-2121 | Fax: (360) 397-2062
Relay 711 or (800) 833-6384
E-mail: solidwaste@clark.wa.gov

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